Oil Producers' Trade Section of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce has said that the Petroleum Industry Bill could cost Nigeria over $109 billion of investment if passed in its present state.
According to a presentation by the industry body, the unfavorable fiscal terms would result in Nigeria's oil production hitting a plateau of about 3 million barrels a day around 2016, and then start to decline as $109 billion in planned new investment would no longer be economically feasible.
Nigeria has long planned a thorough overhaul of its oil industry, encompassing everything from tax rates to environmental laws to the structure of the country's state-owned oil company, but the bill has stoked controversy and drawn strong criticism from the oil sector.
Uncertainty over the bill's passage has already taken its toll on the industry.
Last year, Nigeria's Department of Petroleum Resources said the country's recorded reserves had fallen to 36.5 billion barrels from 37 billion barrels in 2010 as a result of a slowdown in investment linked to uncertainty over the bill