Moscow, August 12 - Neftegaz.RU.
For the 6 months of 2019 LUKOIL average hydrocarbon production excluding the West Qurna-2 project was 2,352 thousand boe per day, which is 2.8% higher year-on-year. The increase was mainly driven by the development of gas projects in Uzbekistan, as well as oil production growth in Russia due to change in terms of the external limitations of Russian companies' production volumes.
Oil production excl. the West Qurna-2 project for the 6 months of 2019 totaled 42.6 million tonnes, which is 1.3% higher year-on-year. In the Q2 of 2019 oil production appeared 0.6% lower quarter-on-quarter in average daily terms, which was attributable to the external limitations of Russian companies' production volumes.
Active development of the priority projects was on track. In particular, for the 6 months of 2019 oil production at the V. Filanovsky
field increased by 12% year-on-year. In the Q2 of 2019, the 8th and 9th wells, both producing, were commissioned at the 2nd production platform of the field.
For the 6 months of 2019 oil production at the Y. Korchagin field ramped up by 30% year-on-year owing to drilling program within the field's 2nd development stage.
The development of the Yaregskoye field and Permian reservoir of the Usinskoye field, including the launch of new steam-generating facilities, led to increase of high viscosity oil production for the six months of 2019 by 18% year-on-year, to 2.4 million tonnes.
The development of growth projects in West Siberia also continued. The aggregate oil and gas condensate production at the V. Vinogradov, Imilorskoye and Pyakyakhinskoye fields for the 6 months of 2019 increased by 15% year-on-year.
The share of the abovementioned projects in the LUKOIL's oil production excl. the West Qurna-2 project amounted to 18% for the 6 months of 2019 compared to the 16% for the 6 months of 2018. For the 6 months of 2019, LUKOIL's gas production was 17.4 billion cu m, which is 8% higher year-on-year. The main driver of gas production growth was the development of projects in Uzbekistan
As a result of the launch of the 2nd stage of the Kandym gas processing plant in April, 2018, production in Uzbekistan for the 6 months of 2019 increased to 7 billion cu m (LUKOIL's share) which is 18% higher year-on-year.
A quarter-on-quarter decrease in gas production in the Q2 of 2019 is explained by seasonality factor, as well as by projects in Uzbekistan, in particular, by a scheduled maintenance works at Kandym gas processing complex and limitations in gas intake from Gissar project by Shurtan gas chemical complex (Uzbekneftegas) due to technical reasons.
For the 6 months of 2019, refinery throughput at LUKOIL Group's refineries was 33.5 million tonnes, which is 2.0% higher year-on-year. In the Q2 of 2019 refinery throughput was virtually flat quarter-on-quarter in average daily terms.
Refinery throughput in Russia for the 6 months of 2019 increased to 21.7 million tonnes, which is 1.8% higher year-on-year. The increase was mainly due to higher utilization rate of the Nizhny Novgorod refinery. A quarter-on-quarter decrease in refinery throughput in the Q2 of 2019 was due to scheduled maintenance works at the Perm refinery.
Refinery throughput in Europe for the 6 months of 2019 increased to 11.8 million tonnes, which is 2.2% higher year-on-year. The growth was driven by the maintenance works at the refinery in Bulgaria in the q1 of 2018. A quarter-on-quarter increase in refinery throughput in the Q2 of 2019 was driven by feedstock supply disruptions through the port of Novorossiysk in the 1st quarter due to weather conditions.
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