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Lukoil: Russia’s Output Could Surpass 12 Million Bpd By 2035

Russia’s crude oil and condensate production could rise to more than 12 million bpd by 2035, if global demand for liquid hydrocarbons continues to grow, Russia’s second-largest oil producer, Lukoil, said in a new forecast.  

In the report ‘Major Trends in the Global Liquid Hydrocarbon Market to 2035,’ Lukoil has modeled three different scenarios for Russia’s opportunities and challenges in oil production in the long term.  

The ‘Equal Opportunities’ scenario considers that global oil and gas demand will rise and Russia can maintain an annual production level of above 600 million tons—or over 12 million bpd—for a long time, Lukoil said. 

The ‘Evolution’ scenario assumes a change in Russia’s current tax system to a system based on taxation of profits instead of taxation of revenue, and the Western sanctions on Russia’s oil industry remaining in place for a long time. Under this scenario, Lukoil expects Russia’s crude oil and condensate production to gradually fall to just over 10 million bpd by 2035.

Currently, Russia pumps around 11.2 million bpd of oil and condensate.

The ‘Climate’ scenario assumes that oil demand is expected to decline due to stricter climate policies in leading economies, including Russia. This model forecasts that Russia’s oil and condensate production will slump to below 8 million bpd by 2035.

“This scenario also assumes that the taxation of the oil industry is going to become more burdensome through CO2 emission fees, which will adversely impact investment into oil production,” Lukoil said. Related: The Best And Worst Oil Predictions Of 2019

Referring to the U.S. sanctions on Russia’s oil industry, Lukoil said that although these restrictions are unlikely to impact domestic production in the near term, they will have a significant impact in the long term. 

“[I]n the longer term the damage done by the sectoral sanctions to the country’s oil production may prove to be tangible. The success of the Russian oil industry will depend on whether Russia can create its own offshore and non-conventional development technologies,” Lukoil said.

Commenting on the OPEC+ deal, which Russian firms have criticized, Lukoil said that “We expect that Russia will remain a party to the OPEC+ Agreement for a long time, coordinating its activities with other oil-producing nations.”  

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on December 17 2019 said:
    The ‘equal opportunities’ scenario seems to be the most probable with Russia’s crude oil production surpassing 12 million barrels a day (mbd) by 2035.

    This is based on four principles which will govern the global energy scene in coming years. The first is that there will be no post-oil era throughout the 21st century and far beyond. The second is that there will be no peak oil demand either. The Third principle is that an imminent energy transition is an illusion. And the fourth principle is that oil and gas will continue to be the oil industry’s core business well into the future.

    In addition to that, Russia has huge untapped reserves of oil in the Russian Arctic. These could enable Russia to add more than 1.5 mbd to its current production of 11.23 mbd in the next five years thus consolidating its position as the top oil producer in the world.

    Russia’s economy has so far managed to overcome the adverse impact of US sanctions and continue to grow. If US sanctions were still there by 2035, Russia’s trade with China would have made them toothless.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London

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