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LUKOIL reports preliminary operating data for the second quarter and six months of 2019

August 13/ 09:18

Moscow. For the six months of 2019 LUKOIL Group's 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.

Hydrocarbon production, thousand boe per day

2Q    2019 1Q    2019   6M    2019 6M    2018
2,324 2,379 Total (excluding the West Qurna-2 project) 2,352 2,287

Oil production excluding the West Qurna-2 project for the six months of 2019 totaled 42.6 million tonnes, which is 1.3% higher year-on-year. In the second quarter 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.

Oil production, thousand tonnes

2Q    2019 1Q    2019   6M    2019 6M    2018
21,353 21,245 Total (excluding the West Qurna-2 project) 42,598 42,061
20,459 20,328 Russia 40,787 40,258
20,304 20,177 Subsidiaries 40,481 39,943
155 151 Share in affiliates 306 315
894 917 Outside of Russia 1,811 1,803
476 484 Subsidiaries 960 947
418 433 Share in affiliates 851 856
410 365 Compensation oil from the West Qurna-2 project 775 769
21,763 21,610 Total 43,373 42,830

Active development of the priority projects was on track. In particular, for the six months of 2019 oil production at the V. Filanovsky field increased by 12% year-on-year. In the second quarter of 2019, the eighth and ninth wells, both producing, were commissioned at the second production platform of the field.

For the six months of 2019 oil production at the Yu. Korchagin field ramped up by 30% year-on-year owing to drilling program within the field's second 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 six months of 2019 increased by 15% year-on-year.

The share of the abovementioned projects in the LUKOIL Group's oil production excluding the West Qurna-2 project amounted to 18% for the six months of 2019 compared to the 16% for the six months of 2018.

Gas production, million cubic meters

2Q    2019 1Q    2019   6M    2019 6M    2018
8,376 8,976 Total 17,352 16,126
4,449 4,407 Russia 8,856 8,952
4,426 4,386 Subsidiaries 8,812 8,904
23 21 Share in affiliates 44 48
3,927 4,569 Outside of Russia 8,496 7,174
3,766 4,406 Subsidiaries 8,172 6,836
161 163 Share in affiliates 324 338

For the six months of 2019, LUKOIL Group's gas production was 17.4 billion cubic meters, 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 second stage of the Kandym gas processing plant in April, 2018, production in Uzbekistan for the six months of 2019 increased to 7.0 billion cubic meters (LUKOIL's share) which is 18% higher year-on-year.

A quarter-on-quarter decrease in gas production in the second quarter 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 (JSC "Uzbekneftegas") due to technical reasons.

Refinery throughput, thousand tonnes

2Q    2019 1Q    2019   6M    2019 6M    2018
16,823 16,668 Total for LUKOIL Group refineries 33,491 32,847
10,749 10,967 Russia 21,716 21,323
6,074 5,701 Outside of Russia 11,775 11,524
5,554 5,224 Oil processing 10,778 9,889
520 477 Refined products processing 997 1,635
1,643 1,588 Third party refineries abroad 3,231 3,291

For the six 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 second quarter of 2019 refinery throughput was virtually flat quarter-on-quarter in average daily terms.

Refinery throughput in Russia for the six 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 second quarter of 2019 was due to scheduled maintenance works at the Perm refinery.

Refinery throughput in Europe for the six 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 first quarter of 2018. A quarter-on-quarter increase in refinery throughput in the second quarter of 2019 was driven by feedstock supply disruptions through the port of Novorossiysk in the first quarter due to weather conditions.

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