TOTAL DOWN 40%
Oil refining helped Total return to profitability in the first quarter, though earnings remain well below the level of this time last year.
The French oil company said on Wednesday it had made $1.6bn in adjusted net income in the first three months of the year. This marks a turnround from the previous quarter, when it made a loss of $1.8bn, but remains some way below the $2.6bn it made in the first quarter of last year.
The profits beat analysts' forecasts of $1.2bn, and were boosted by better than expected performance by Total's oil refineries. Profits in the refining and chemicals division were 3 per cent higher than last year at $1.1bn.
This helped make up for a big drop in profits from Total's exploration and production business, which fell 63 per cent on last year to $498m.
These upstream activities have been the hardest hit by the falling oil price. For the first three months of this year, the average price of a barrel of Brent crude was $34. In the previous quarter it was $44, and a year ago it was $54.
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NPD - Preliminary production figures for September 2017 show an average daily production of 1 772 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate, which is a decrease of 171 000 barrels per day compared to August.
Средняя цена на нефть Urals за период мониторинга с 15 сентября по 14 октября 2017 года составила $55,55881 за баррель, или $405,6 за тонну.
Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $58.16 at 0643 GMT, up 28 cents, or 0.5 percent from their last close - and almost a third above mid-year levels. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $52.03 per barrel, up 15 cents, or 0.3 percent, and almost a quarter above mid-June levels.
Александр Новак отметил рост основных показателей всех отраслей энергетики в прошлом году: «Мы имеем рекордные показатели за прошлый год по добыче нефти, угля. Идёт рост добычи и экспорту газа, в том числе в Европу на уровне 15 процентов. По углю мы наблюдаем рост добычи даже больше уровня прошлого рекордного года. Также отмечается рост производства электроэнергии на 2%, что говорит об оживлении экономики».