Oil Firms Paid N138bn Petroleum Tax, 2 Others In June

Oil Firms Paid N138bn Petroleum Tax, 2 Others In June

Four international oil companies (IOCs) operating four crude export terminals and a gas feedstock paid N138.749 billion to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as Petroleum Profit Tax, Company Income Tax and Education Tax for June 2022.

According to NNPC Ltd’s payment data seen at the weekend, $350.95 million or N138.556bn (at N394.80/$) was paid for crude oil worth 2.948 million barrels under the NNPC Ltd production sharing contract with Shell, TULJA (offshore terminal) and ExxonMobil (ESSO).The crude oil was sold at an average of $119/barrel.

An unspecified volume of gas amounting to $537,499.96 was used for the tax payment by Total Energies for gas export in a joint venture with NNPC Ltd; that amounted to about N193 million at the N394.80/$ exchange rate used for the payment.

A breakdown of the payment shows that 947,283 barrels of crude worth N43.6bn was paid from Bonga field by Shell at $116/barrel; another 499,091 barrels was sold for N24.4bn to cover the taxes from Bonga field in the same month at $124/bbl.

At Egina field, TULJA offshore terminal paid taxes using 499,289 barrels that fetched Nigeria N24.7bn at $125/barrel.

From the ERHA offshore, Nigeria received N23.7bn tax payment through 502,614bbl crude that was sold at $119/bbl by ExxonMobil; Mobil also raised N21.9bn from the USAN field where it sold 500,000bbl of crude for $111/bbl.

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The entire crude sales totalled N138.556bn in June 2022, according to the payment record, with FIRS confirming payments of the three tax categories in invoices it issued.

Nigeria has seen a decline in oil revenue recently as production capacity dropped to 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), according to the Commission Chief Executive, Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Engr. Gbenga Komolafe, last week.

However, he was hopeful that with a deepened commitment to tackle oil theft, crude oil production could rise to 2mbpd, higher than the 1.8mbpd quota given to Nigeria by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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