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Tough Time Looms As Nigeria Loses Biggest Oil Customer


As US begins export of crude oil, Nigeria’s crude oil may suffer further setbacks in the global market.
The US Congress had on Friday approved the lifting of the ban as part of a $1.1tn spending bill, which included a provision that would allow . The bill was later signed by President Barack Obama.
Following the lifting of the ban on the United States oil exports,  US can now export crude for the first time in more than 40 years.  An indication that Nigeria may soon lose its biggest customer.
The US now buys a small amount of Nigerian crude oil due to the dramatic rise in domestic shale production.
The growth in US light sweet crude oil production has resulted in a sizable decline in the country’s imports of crude grades of similar quality, such as Nigeria’s.
Since June 2014,  crude oil prices have been on the decline and this has consequently exacerbated the dwindling fortunes of the Nigerian crude, with the nation’s crude differentials trading at a 10-year low.
There are reports of Nigerian crude currently floating on ships with a significant amount finding home in storage tanks rather than in refineries as a result of the supply glut in the global market, which is dominated by largely by light sweet crudes.