Top 5 Companies Dominating the Nigeria Oil and Gas Market

Exxon Mobil Corporation, Total Energies SE, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Shell PLC, and Chevron Corporation, among others, are the major players in the Nigeria oil and gas market. 


The Nigeria oil and gas market attained a volume of 1.37 MMT in 2023. The market is further expected to grow in the forecast period of 2024-2032 at a CAGR of 5.30%, to reach 1.85 MMT in 2032. Meanwhile, the Nigeria oil market attained a volume of 441 thousand barrels per day and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.60% between 2024 and 2032, to reach 542 thousand barrels per day in 2032. As per the analysis by Expert Market Research, the market is expected to be driven by rising exploration projects.


Nigeria is a significant contributor to Africa’s oil and gas sector due to its significant natural gas reserves, significant consumer market, strategic location, and extensive crude oil production According to the Nigerian government, the country has sufficient natural gas reserves and can potentially increase its production to over 5 billion cubic feet per day by 2030. Nigeria is also highly dependent on fossil fuel exports for 90% of its foreign exchange and around 50% of its budget. Further, policies, such as the Decade of Gas Initiative of 2021 is boosting domestic gas consumption, expanding gas infrastructure, raising gas exports, and attracting foreign direct investment into the gas sector.


The privatisation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in July 2022 is expected to be beneficial for upstream exploration, propelling the Nigeria oil and gas market growth. This is because, under the Petroleum Industry Act, PIA, 2021, the oil and gas sector in Nigeria requires around 30% of the NNPC’s profits to be reinvested in the Frontier Exploration Fund to aid the exploration and development in Nigeria’s frontier acreages. 


Exploration projects to be sanctioned in the near term in Nigeria include TotalEnergies’ offshore Preowei Phase I development (65,000 bbl/d) projects, anticipated to start up in 2026; Shell’s Bonga North (120,000 bbl/d) in 2027, and ExxonMobil’s Owowo and Bosi oil to be stated in 2029 and 2030, respectively. Further, Shell’s HI and HA shallow-water development projects are likely to go onstream in 2027 and 2029. All these projects are projected to help Nigeria increase its overall oil and gas production.


Top 5 Oil and Gas Companies in Nigeria:

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Headquarters: Texas, United States
Establishment: 1972


ExxonMobil Corporation is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation, and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. The company is a prominent manufacturer and marketer of commodity and speciality petrochemicals. The ExxonMobil Nigerian upstream affiliates include Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN), Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria (Offshore East) Limited, and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL). 


Total Energies SE

Headquarters: Courbevoie, France
Establishment: 1924


Total Energies SE conducts oil and gas exploration and production, natural gas liquefaction, and retail activities in Nigeria. The company started operating in Nigeria since 1956 and employs over 1,600 people in the country. Further, Total Energies has approximately 540 number of service stations in Nigeria. In Nigeria, the company holds interests in about 30 oil mining leases, five of which it operates, including onshore OML 58 and offshore OMLs 99, 100, 102, and 130.


Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Headquarters: Abuja, Nigeria
Establishment: 1977


Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited is a dynamic energy company operating across the entire energy value chain. The company’s businesses include upstream, gas and power, new energy, downstream, and non-energy. The company’s gas and power business focuses on increasing commercial gas volumes by increasing investments in the processing and transmission network of gas and accessing untapped markets.


Shell PLC

Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Establishment: 1907


Shell PLC conducts its operations in Nigeria through its subsidiary Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) Ltd incorporated in 1998 for the downstream distribution of gas. The company provides gas to manufacturing and industrial customers. SNG operates a transmission and distribution network of more than 138km in Nigeria. The company operates several distribution systems including the Aba Cluster in Abia State, Agbara-Ota in Ogun State, and the Port Harcourt Cluster in Rivers State.


Chevron Corporation

Headquarters: California, United States
Establishment: 1879


Chevron Corporation is one of the largest producers of oil in Nigeria. The company operates in Nigeria through its subsidiary Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL). Chevron operates under a joint-venture arrangement with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for offshore and onshore assets in the Niger Delta region. Through this joint venture, it holds 40% interest in eight concessions in the onshore and near-onshore regions of the Niger Delta. The company also operates the Agbami Field, one of Nigeria’s largest deepwater discoveries, and has non-operated interest in the Usan Field.


*At Expert Market Research, we strive to always give you current and accurate information. The numbers depicted in the description are indicative and may differ from the actual numbers in the final EMR report.

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