Nigeria oil enters unclear new era after Shell’s onshore asset sale

LAGOS/LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Shell’s exit from Nigeria’s onshore oil sector highlights risks oil majors face in Africa’s biggest exporter but has raised hopes that local firms could reverse the output decline from the Niger Delta, industry officials and analysts said.
Shell – which pioneered Nigeria’s oil industry – is the most prominent Western company to exit the Delta, a region blighted by pollution, oil theft and pipeline vandalism. Those issues have for years stymied investment – and throttled production and government finances.

Nigeria Oil and Gas Upstream Market Booms as Key Players Drive Growth in Every Sector

The Nigerian oil and gas upstream market are anticipated to register a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 2.0% during the period from 2021 to 2026. As of January 2021, the offshore and onshore rig count experienced a significant reduction in the country due to project scarcity and the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.