There are major oil-producing states in Nigeria that enable the country to grow its economy.

However, you don’t expect these sates to produce the same barrel of oil base on their resources.

Besides, it is reported that Nigeria produces over 2.5 million barrels of crude oil each day.

With this, Nigeria has been listed as the 13th most oil-producing country in the World.

Not just with that, the country remains the largest oil-producing country in west Africa.

You will be glad to know that just 7.5% of the country area are used for the production of crude oil.

The oil production are actually taking place in only 9 states of the Federation out of the 36 states in Nigeria.

Moreover, the 9 oil producing states in Nigeria are;

  • Akwa Ibom State
  • Delta State
  • Rivers State
  • Bayelsa State
  • Ondo State
  • Edo State
  • Imo State and
  • Abia State.

In order words, the 9 oil-producing states in Nigeria are the south-south region of the country which is known as “The Niger Delta“.

But is only four states that are the highest oil-producing states in Nigeria.

Here are the 4 highest oil-producing states in Nigeria

  • Akwa Ibom State
  • Delta State
  • Rivers State and
  • Bayelsa State

However, these four highest oil-producing states are the main source of 80% crude oil in Nigeria.

Moreover, we will inform you more about the oil-producing states in this blog post.

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9 Major Oil Producing States in Nigeria 2020

Here are the full list of oil-producing state in Nigeria 2020 with their barrels production on daily.

1. Akwa Ibom (31.4% – 504,000 BPD)

Akwa Ibom State remains the largest oil-producing state in Nigeria with 504,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

However, the state along has generated 31.4% of the country crude oil every day.

Not only that, but the state is also among the most beautiful states in Nigeria.

Uyo is the state capital of Akwa Ibom with over 5 million inhabitants.

One of the prominent places to visit in the state is “the Bridge of no return”, Ibom Tropicana, God’swill Akpabio International Stadium, and many more.

Akwa Ibom State is very clean and environmentally friendly.

There is less crime in this part of the country and more tourism attraction you will definitely love.

Moreover, the state is dominated by three ethnic groups which are Ibibio, Annang, and Oron.

In addition to that, there are 31 local Governments in the State.

Other natural resources you can find in the same location are Limestone, Clay, natural gas, salt, etc.

2. Delta (21.56% – 346,000 BPD)

Delta State is the second-largest oil-producing state in Nigeria currently producing 346,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

However, the oil-producing statistic drop at 21.56% and this state is considered one of the expensive states in Nigeria.

Besides, the state also have a petrochemical plant in Warri and a refinery which makes the state regard as “the heartbeat of Delta State”.

The capital of Delta state is Asaba with 25 Local Government Areas and over 4 million inhabitants.

The major ethnic group you will find in this state are Yoruba, Urhobos, Isokos, Igbo, and the Itsekiris.

Not only that Delta state is a second-largest oil-producing state in Nigeria but as well as the richest state in Nigeria.

Some natural resources you will find in this state are rubber, timber, fine sand and clay.

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3. Rivers (21.43% – 344,000 BPD)

Rivers State is the third oil-producing state in Nigeria with 344,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

In addition to that, the state produces 21.43% of crude oil for the country’s economy.

However, Rivers State was previously the highest oil-producing state in Nigeria before Akwa Ibom State take the lead.

It was in Rivers State that the Nigerian government start discovering the crude oil in the nation.

Some of the top petroleum and refinery companies have their head office in Port Harcourt which is the capital of Rivers State.

Most of those petroleum and refinery companies are Chevron, Shell, Total and etc.

Moreover, Rivers State is populous with over 5 million inhabitants and remains one of the expensive states to live in Nigeria.

Besides, some of the natural resources you can find in the state includes natural gas, plantains, bananas, cassava, oil palms, coconuts, rubber, etc.

The state is ruled by these ethnic groups; Ikwerre, Okrika, Upobo, Kalabari the Ubani, and another ethnic group.

4. Bayelsa (18.07% – 290,000 BPD)

Bayelsa State is the fourth-largest oil-producing state in Nigeria which has produces 18.07% of crude oil for the nation.

However, the state produces 290,000 barrels of oil daily and it was the first State that crude oil was discovered in 1956.

Besides, Yenagoa is the capital of Bayelsa State with only 8 local government areas in the state.

In addition to that, Bayelsa State has remained the lowest local Government state in Nigeria.

One of the prominent places in Bayelsa State is Bonny Island which has been a tourism attractive location for years.

Moreover, the state have 1.9 million inhabitants with four ethnic groups which include Ogbia, Nembe, Izon, and Epie- Alissa.

Other natural resources you can find in this state includes Silica Sand, salt and Natural gas.

5. Ondo ( 3.74% – 60,000 BPD)

Ondo state is another oil-producing state of Nigeria which producers over 60,000 barrel of oil daily.

However, the site has produced 3.74% of crude oil in Nigeria with a population of 3.4 million inhabitants.

Besides, the state have only 19 local governments area with bitumen and tar sands as their natural resources.

6. Lagos (2.64% – 40,000 BPD)

Lagos State was recently discovered as an oil-producing state in Nigeria.

However, the state produces 40,000 barrels of oil daily which takes 2.64% of the oil production in the nation.

Besides, the state takes the highest number of residents in the nation and the second most expensive state to live in Nigeria.

Moreover, the State have good roads but regarded as the busiest state in Nigeria.

It is a good place to start your business and grow more than competitors in an urban area of the nation.

7. Edo (2.06% – 33,000 BPD)

Edo State is one of the fortunate states to be an oil-producing state in Nigeria.

However, the state produces 3,0000 barrels of crude oil daily and 2.06% of the absolute raw petroleum yield in the nation.

Benin City is now the capital of Edo State.

Moreover, the state occupied inhabitants of more than 3.3 million spread over the state’s Local Government Areas.

In addition to that, Edo state is additionally honored with limestone, mud, gold, iron mineral, fine sand, and stone.

8. Imo (1.06 % -17,000 BPD)

Imo State is another oil-producing state in Nigeria with Owerri as the capital of Imo.

However, the state produces 17,000 barrels of crude oil every single day which adds 1.06% of crude oil resources to the nation.

The number of inhabitants in Imo is around 4 million with 27 Local Government Areas.

Moreover, this state is likewise graced with lead, zinc, fine sand, mud and limestone.

9. Abia (0.68% – 11,000 BPD)

Umuahia is the capital of Abia state.

However, This state is likewise fortunate to have been honored with crude oil gaining it the title oil-producing state in Nigeria.

Besides, The state has 17 Local Government Areas with a populace of around 3 million.

Nevertheless, Abia State represents 0.68% of the oil delivered every day in Nigeria.

At the same time, the state produces 11,000 barrels of crude oil every single day to the country oil sectors.

One of the additional natural resources that Abia is honored with is lead, zinc, fine sand, and limestone.

All the above oil-producing states are a piece of the states gaining from the yearly 13% of the income gotten from unrefined petroleum implied for expressed producing oil in Nigeria.

Is Lagos an oil-producing state?


Lagos State has now become one of the oil-producing states in 2020 due to the discovery of crude oil in Badagry, Lagos as of May 2016.

However, the crude oil in Lagos was discovered by Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Company Limited and made it known to the State Governor.

Akinwunmi Ambode who was the Governor of Lagos State during the discovery makes it official to the public.

Is Cross River an oil-producing state?

Many people have taught about whether Cross Rivers State is among the Oil producing State of Nigeria

But the truth is that the State is not among the Oil Producing state of Nigeria.

It is only Cross River State within the South-South region of the country that is not declared publicly as the Oil-producing State of Nigeria

Maybe as time goes on, we are all expecting that Cross Rivers will be among the oil-producing state in Nigeria.

Which state produces the highest oil in Nigeria?

Akwa Ibom State is the highest oil-producing state in Nigeria with 31.4% which produces 504,000 barrels of crude oil every single day.

At the same time, the State has also become the largest natural gas-producing state in Nigeria.

What are the total numbers of Oil area and oil well in Nigeria?

According to the research report obtained from the Nigeria Department of Petroleum Resources.

It is found that Nigeria has a total number of 159 oil fields as well as 1481 oil wells within the Oil-producing states of Nigeria.

What year was crude oil found in Nigeria?

It is reported that crude oil was discovered in Nigeria back in 1956.

However, an international company which is known as Shell Darcy or popularly referred to as “Shell” found this out.

In fact, the crude oil was discovered in a community called “Oloibiri Oilfield” which is located in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The exact date the crude oil was discovered was on Sunday, 15 January 1956.

How many refineries are in Nigeria?

There are five (5) refineries in Nigeria.

Out of these five refineries, it is reported that the Nigerian Government owns only four of those refineries.

However, these four refineries are operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Besides, you will discover that those refineries are located in Port-Harcourt, Kaduna, and Warri.

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