Russian oil output hits post-Soviet high – IBT

Russia’s oil output has reached a post-Soviet high after it averaged 10.58 million barrels of oil per day in 2014.Oil output rose by 0.7% in the year, according to data from the Energy Ministry. The increase in production was bolstered for the most part by small producers, many of which are private companies, and which collectively increased output by 11% to just over one million barrels of oil per day.Oil and gas production account for about half of Russian’s budget, and  make up around two thirds of the country’s overall exports. Russia’s state-run oil giant Rosneft produces more oil than Opec members Iraq or Iran. However Rosneft saw its output fall 0.7%, amid problems at its West Siberian oilfields.The price of crude oil has slid dramatically in latter half of 2014 – a corollary of increased shale exploration in the US, which became an exporter again for the first time in decades.Crude oil reached a daily closing price of $110.53 on September 6, 2013, and fell to a current level of $53.64 as of December 30, 2014.

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