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Russia Increases Oil Production   1 comment

Russia, the world’s largest oil producer, has increased monthly crude output by 0.3 percent in May of 2013, to the highest level of the year,according to preliminary data from the Energy Ministry’s CDU-TEK unit.

Output of crude and condensate was 44.3 million metric tons, or 10.481 million barrels a day.

OAO Gazprom (GAZP), Russia’s gas export monopoly, boosted output by 5.8 percent to 353,000 barrels a day. OAO Rosneft (ROSN), the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer, and its subsidiary OAO TNK-BP produced 3.85 million barrels last month, up 0.3 percent from April, according to the data.

Russia set a post-Soviet-era production record of 10.49 million barrels a day in November. Soviet-era production in Russia peaked in 1987 at 11.48 million barrels a day. President Vladimir Putin has called for production to be maintained at more than 10 million barrels.

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Former BP CEO Hayward Snubs Rosneft?   1 comment

British Petroleum (BP) is under increasing pressure over its disputed joint venture with Russia’s state-controlled oil firm Rosneft.

Recently, former BP CEO Tony Hayward missed a crucial board meeting, causing speculation that he may disagree with BP’s handling of the contentious deal.

In January, BP announced the signing of a joint Arctic exploration deal and $16 billion share swap with Rosneft, which the Kremlin billed as confirmation of the West’s continued business interests in Russia.

If successful, the tie-up would see BP gain a 10 percent stake in Rosneft and the Russian company receive a five percent stake in BP.