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LUKOIL reports preliminary operating data for the second quarter and first half of 2018

August 15/ 15:21

Moscow. In the first half of 2018 LUKOIL Group's hydrocarbon production excluding West Qurna-2 project was 2,287 thousand boe per day, which is 3.2% higher year-on-year. The increase was driven by the development of gas projects. In the second quarter of 2018 production was 2,289 thousand boe per day and flat quarter-on-quarter.

Hydrocarbon production, thousand boe per day

2Q 2018 1Q 2018   6M 2018 6M 2017
2,289 2,286 Total (excluding West-Qurna 2 project) 2,287 2,217

Oil production excluding West Qurna-2 project in the first half of 2018 was 42.1 million tonnes, including 21.1 million tonnes produced in the second quarter, which is flat quarter-on-quarter in average daily terms. Starting January 2017 LUKOIL Group's oil production volumes and dynamics are mainly defined by the external limitations of Russian companies' production volumes.

Oil production, thousand tonnes

2Q 2018 1Q 2018   6M 2018 6M 2017
21,135 20,926 Total (excluding West-Qurna 2 project) 42,061 42,703
20,253 20,005 Russia 40,258 40,816
20,096 19,847 Subsidiaries 39,943 40,298
157 158 Share in affiliates 315 518
882 921 Outside of Russia 1,803 1,887
457 490 Subsidiaries 947 1,013
425 431 Share in affiliates 856 874
318 451 Compensation oil from West Qurna-2 project 769 887
21,453 21,377 Total 42,830 43,590

Active development of the priority projects continued. The third well was launched in June 2018 at the second development stage of the V. Filanovsky field, which allowed to reach sustainable daily plateau production level equivalent to 6 million tonnes of oil per year. In the first half of 2018 production at the field increased by 43% year-on-year, to 2.9 million tonnes.

The drilling of the first production well started at the second development stage of the Yu. Korchagin field and was completed in July 2018. The initial well flow amounted to 500 tonnes of oil per day.

Further development of the Yaregskoe field and Permian reservoir of the Usinskoe field allowed to increase high viscosity oil production in the first half of 2018 by 35% year-on-year, to 2 million tonnes.

Oil and gas condensate production at the Pyakyakhinskoe field in West Siberia increased by 7% year-on-year, to 0.8 million tonnes.

The share of the abovementioned five projects in the LUKOIL Group's oil production excluding West Qurna-2 project amounted to 14% in the first half of 2018, 3 percentage points up year-on-year.

Gas production, million cubic meters

2Q 2018 1Q 2018   6M 2018 6M 2017
8,127 7,999 Total 16,126 13,411
4,456 4,496 Russia 8,952 8,976
4,431 4,473 Subsidiaries 8,904 8,928
25 23 Share in affiliates 48 48
3,671 3,503 Outside of Russia 7,174 4,435
3,493 3,343 Subsidiaries 6,836 4,027
178 160 Share in affiliates 338 408

​In the first half of 2018 LUKOIL Group's gas production was 16.1 billion cubic meters, which was 20% higher year-on-year. In the second quarter of 2018 gas production was 8.1 billion cubic meters, which is flat quarter-on-quarter in average daily terms.

The main driver of gas production growth was the successful development of projects in Uzbekistan. Due to the launch of new gas treatment facilities, production at Kandym and Gissar projects in the first half of 2018 doubled year-on-year to 6.1 billion cubic meters.

Refinery throughput, thousand tonnes

2Q 2018 1Q 2018  ​ 6M 2018 6M 2017
16,734 16,113 Total for LUKOIL Group refineries 32,847 32,590
10,668 10,655 Russia 21,323 20,953
6,066 5,458 Outside of Russia 11,524 11,637
5,340 4,549 Oil processing 9,889 10,478
726 909 Refined products processing 1,635 1,159
1,631 1,660 Third party refineries abroad 3,291 3,074

​In the first half of 2018 throughput volumes at LUKOIL Group's refineries increased by 0.8% year-on-year, to 32.8 million tonnes. In the second quarter of 2018 refinery throughput was 16.7 million tonnes, 3.9% higher quarter-on-quarter. Refinery throughput volumes in Russia were flat quarter-on-quarter and amounted to 10.7 million tonnes. Throughput at European refineries increased by 11% quarter-on-quarter, which was attributable to scheduled maintenance works at refineries in Bulgaria and Italy in the first quarter of 2018.

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