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These are Africa’s 7 top oil producers with their ranking Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021


Several countries in Africa are described as oil producers and are members of OPEC, but how much oil do they really produce? 

According to OPEC third quarter 2018 crude-oil production average per day, Nigeria led oil producing countries on the continent with 1.71 million of barrels of crude per day.

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Angola came second with 1.47 million barrels per day followed by Algeria in third position with 1.06 million barrels per day.

Libya produced a daily average of 0.89 million barrels to rank fourth.

Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea came in 5th, 6th and 7th positions with average daily oil production of 0.32 million, 0.18 million and 0.12 million barrels respectively. 

In the world, Nigeria comes 7th after the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, U.E.A and Kuwait.

Angola comes immediately after Nigeria in the 8th position followed by Venezuela in 9th position.

Algeria and Libya come in 10th and 11th positions followed by Qatar and Ecuador in 12th and 13th positions.

Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea are in 14th, 15th and 16th positions.

There are other small oil producing countries in Africa, including Cameroon and Chad. 

The United States is not a member of OPEC but now produces more oil than Saudi Arabia. 

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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