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Nigeria is no longer Africa's top dog

Delta violence has forced Nigeria to cede its place as the continent’s top oil producer to Angola—for now

Militant attacks on Nigerian oil pipelines have forced around 0.5m barrels a day of its oil output off line this year, causing the country to cede its place to Angola as Africa's biggest crude producer. In August, Nigerian oil production was just 1.46m b/d, well down from 2m b/d in October 2015. But things could be looking up. ExxonMobil was expected to resume loading oil at the Qua Iboe terminal, Nigeria's largest, after rerouting supplies. The facility has been under force majeure since July. Shell has also lifted force majeure on its Bonny Light exports after patching up a damaged pipeline. Combined export capacity from the facilities is about 0.5m b/d, though it isn't yet clear how much

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