June 2, 2016 / 8:57 AM / 4 years ago

Nigeria oil min: OPEC open-minded, Nigeria's output back up to 1.6 mln bpd

Nigeria's Oil Minister and OPEC president Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu addresses a news conference after a meeting of OPEC oil ministers in Vienna, Austria, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

VIENNA (Reuters) - Nigerian oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said on Thursday he saw “open-mindedness” in the OPEC meeting, but did not know what the outcome would be.

Oil ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are meeting Thursday morning in Vienna, where Iran and Saudi Arabia were expected to clash over output targets.

Kachikwu said Nigeria’s oil production had climbed to 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd).

Last month, output had fallen to 1.4 million bpd due to a string of militant attacks and an accident on the ExxonMobil platform exporting Qua Iboe, the country’s largest crude oil stream.

Despite the continued attacks by militants in the restive Niger Delta region, Kachikwu said Nigeria is targeting oil production of 2.2-2.3 million bpd for this year.

Reporting by OPEC reporting team; writing by Libby George; editing by Jason Neely

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