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Russia's LUKOIL boosts H1 crude output 4%

LUKOIL, Russia's second-largest oil producer, boosted crude production by 4% to 1.98 million barrels per day in the first half of 2009, the company said.

LUKOIL said in a statement total production of hydrocarbons available for sale rose 2% year-on-year to 2.22 million barrels of oil equivalent in the first six months of 2009.

Crude oil production, which in tonnes totaled 48.63 million in the first half, was boosted by output from the South Khylchuyu field in the Arctic. Production at this deposit, which came on stream in 2008, reached almost 3.2 million tons.

Natural and petroleum gas output available for sale totaled 7.36 billion cubic meters in the first half, the company said.

LUKOIL's share of output from international projects rose 26.2% to 2.35 bcm, while output in Russia fell 23.4% to 5.01 bcm due to a decrease in purchases from state gas export monopoly Gazprom.

Refinery throughput rose 10.4% year-on-year to 29.97 million tons in the first half of 2009. In Russia, throughput rose 0.3% year-on-year, while throughput at international refineries rose 51.2%. (Reuters)