Top Oil Producing States In Nigeria

Top Oil Producing States In Nigeria

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Nigeria, as a country, is among the world’s top oil-producing countries in the world, about 2.5 million barrels of crude oil are exported daily.

Currently, we have nine(9)states in Nigeria that are the top producers of crude oil, which are to be listed below.

Lists Of The Top Oil Producing States In Nigeria

  • Akwa Ibom- the largest oil producer with 31.4% (504,000 BPD)
  • Delta – 21.56% (346,000 BPD)
  • Rivers – 21.43% (344,000 BPD)
  • Bayelsa – 18.07% (290,000 BPD)
  • Ondo – 3.74% (60,000 BPD)
  • Lagos – 2.64% (40,000 BPD)
  • Edo – 2.06% (33,000 BPD)
  • Imo-1.06 % (17,000 BPD)
  • Abia-0.68% (11,000 BPD)

Asides these states, some states not included in this list due to low or lack of production, but crude oil have been discovered in these few states.

So let us discuss the top oil-producing states in Nigeria accordingly.

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1)  Akwa Ibom State 

Akwa Ibom state is unarguably the largest oil-producing state in Nigeria, producing up to 504,000 barrels of crude oil daily, having the highest percent (31.4%) of crude oil production in the country.

Akwa Ibom, as a state, is truly blessed with mineral resources like coal, limestone, salt, glass, clay, giver nitrate, and of course, natural gas.

So asides Crude Oil, Akwa Ibom is among the most beautiful cities in Nigeria, with Uyo being its capital.

2) Delta State

Delta state is the second top oil-producing state in Nigeria with the production of 346,000 barrels of Crude oil per day.

Delta state is precisely the third wealthiest state in Nigeria. We have one of Nigeria’s refinery and a petrochemical plant situated in Warri, which is the heartbeat of the country.

3) Rivers State

Rivers state, which is the second wealthiest state in Nigeria, also the third top oil-producing state in Nigeria.

Rivers state produces up to 344,000 barrels of crude oil per day, which is 21.43% of the country’s oil production.

Rivers state is the state with more crude oil refineries, which means they refine crude oil more than any other state, as it is the home to two national oil refineries.

4) Bayelsa State

According to history, crude oil was first discovered in a massive quantity in Bayelsa state in the year 1959.

Accounting for  18.07% of the country’s total oil production, Bayelsa state is among the largest crude oil-producing states in Nigeria, with an average of 290,000 barrels per day.

5) Ondo State

With a total of 60,000 barrels per day, Ondo state is among the top oil-producing state in Nigeria. It is also the first western state that produces crude oil in large quantities.

6) Lagos State

Aside from Ondo state, Lagos state is a large producer of oil located in the west. Apart from being an oil-producing state, it is also the richest state in Nigeria due to its high commercial and industrial status.

Lagos state produces up to 2.64% of the countries total production, which is about 40,000 barrels of oil per day.

7) Edo State

With the production of 33,000 barrels of oil per day, Edo state is the 7th top oil-producing state in Nigeria, producing up to 2.06% of the country’s total production.

8) Imo State

This is the first eastern state to produce crude in mass, up to 17,000 barrels are being produced per day in Imo state.

Aside’s oil production, Imo state is also blessed with lead, zinc, fine sand, clay, and limestone, making it the richest state in Igbo land.

9) Abia State

Abia state is amongst the top contributors in the oil sector as about 11,000 barrels are being produced per day.

In the past, this is the complete list of the top oil-producing states in Nigeria, which is nine states, but as of 2018, a state joined the list, which is also an Eastern state which its name is Anambra State

10) Anambra State

Yes, Anambra is among the top 10 oil-producing states in Nigeria, according to Vanguard as of 2018, FG confirms Anambra’s status as an oil-producing state.

Though the quantity of oil produced in Anambra state can not be compared with what is produced in other oil-producing states.


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