Russia's No.2 oil producer Lukoil said on Aug. 12 its average hydrocarbon production excluding the West Qurna-2 project in Iraq rose by 2.8%, year-on-year, in the first half of the year, amounting to 2.352 million barrels per day.

Oil production, excluding the project, totaled 42.6 million tonnes for the half year, up 1.3% year-on-year.

The company also said its natural gas production was 17.4 billion cubic meters in January-June, 8% higher year-on-year.