Production of oil, excluding condensate, amounted to 329.2 million tonnes, according to federal statistics reported by Interfax news agency on Thursday.

Production of gas rose by 2.59% to 464.9 billion cubic metres.

And production by Gazprom alone rose by 1.4% to 394.6
billion cubic metres.

The rate of growth of Russian oil output has slowed slightly from the rate last year when output grew by 11.0% to 421 million tonnes. In the first half of this year it grew by 10.3%.

Yukos remained the biggest producer in the first nine months, turning out 63.7 million tonnes, an increase of 8.2%, followed by LUKoil which produced 62.4 million tonnes, an increase of 6.4%.

Surgutneftegaz was in third place with 43.9 million tonnes, an increase of 10.1% in the nine months, followed by TNK with 36.8 million tonnes, an increase of 15.3%, and then Sibneft with 25.3 million tonnes, a rise of 9.4%.