Oil production, excl, the West Qurna-2 project, in 2019 totaled 85.9 million tonnes, which is 0.3% higher year-on-year. Oil production growth was mainly driven by the launch of the 2nd phase of Shakh Deniz project in Azerbaijan in 2018, as well as by acquisition of a share in the Marine XII project in Congo in September 2019. In the Q4 of 2019 oil production was practically unchanged quarter-on-quarter.
In 2019 oil production at the V. Filanovsky field increased by 5% year-on-year, oil production at the Yu. Korchagin field ramped up by 21% year-on-year owing to drilling program within the field's 2nd development stage.
In 2019, LUKOIL Group's gas production was 35.0 billion cu m, which is 4.5% 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 2nd stage of the Kandym gas processing plant in 2018, production in Uzbekistan in 2019 increased by 7% year-on-year, to 14.1 billion cu m (LUKOIL's share).
In 2019, refinery throughput at LUKOIL's refineries was 68.7 million tonnes, which is 2.1% higher year-on-year. In the Q4 of 2019 refinery throughput was 6.8% lower quarter-on-quarter.
Refinery throughput in Russia increased by 2.2% year-on-year, to 44.2 million tonnes. The increase was mainly due to higher utilization rate of the Nizhny Novgorod refinery. A 6.7% quarter-on-quarter decrease in refinery throughput in the Q4 of 2019 was due to scheduled maintenance works at the Volgograd and Nizhny Novgorod refineries.