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Experts in the oil and gas industry have said the increased Western sanction on Iran could be an advantage to Nigeria in terms of increased crude oil sales.
They said this in reaction to Iran’s threat to stop exporting oil if the United States and other western nations imposed tougher sanctions on it.
Reuters recently reported that the Iranian Oil Minister, Rostam Qasemi, told journalists in Dubai, that the country would stop oil exports if pressure from Western sanctions got any tighter and that it had a “Plan B” contingency strategy to survive without oil revenues.
An oil and gas consultant and Chairman, International Energy Services, Dr. Oladiran Fawibe, told SUNDAY PUNCH that Iran stopping oil export would be a clear advantage to Nigeria.
“The sanctions have already resulted in the restriction of Iranian oil in the global market. So, if Iran stops exporting oil completely, that would mean that the countries that are still patronising it for now would have to look to other oil producing countries to meet their energy needs. That means that the shortfall will be shared amongst the other countries that export oil, which includes Nigeria,” he said.
Fawibe added that the quality of the oil would also determine which countries would benefit most if Iran stopped oil export.
“It’s also necessary to note that the Iranian oil is sour crude, it is not as light as Nigerian crude. So, for those countries that have been buying from Iran, Nigerian crude would be more expensive for them but it would help them meet their energy needs. So, on a general note, if Iran stops exporting oil, it would be a positive development for Nigeria,” he said.
Similarly, another oil and gas expert, Dayo Adesina, said if Iran stops selling oil, Nigeria would have the opportunity to sell more oil to the Asian market.
Adesina, who is the Managing Director of Strategic Energy Limited, told our correspondent that the development would boost Nigeria’s oil sales.
“It would be an advantage to Nigeria because that would mean that supply would become tighter and Nigeria would have the opportunity to sell more oil. We have been selling largely to the United States and since the American market is going low, this could be an opportunity for Nigeria to supply more to the Asian market,” he said.