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Press Release

LUKOIL REPORTS PRELIMINARY OPERATING DATA FOR THE THIRD QUARTER AND NINE MONTHS OF 2017

​The LUKOIL Group's hydrocarbon production excluding West Qurna-2 project for the first nine months of 2017 increased by 2.3% as compared to the same period of 2016 to 2,218 thousand boe per day. The increase was driven by gas projects development. In the third quarter of 2017 production was 2,219 thousand boe per day, almost unchanged quarter-on-quarter.

Hydrocarbon production, thousand boe per day

3Q 20172Q 2017 9M 20179M 2016
2,2192,222Total (excluding West-Qurna 2 project)2,2182,168

​Starting January 2017 LUKOIL Group's oil production volume and dynamics are mainly defined by the external limitations of Russian companies' production volumes. For the first nine months of 2017 production excluding West Qurna-2 project was 64.1 million tons, including 21.4 million tons produced in the third quarter of 2017.

In the third quarter of 2017 production growth continued as planned at V. Filanovsky and Pyakyakhinskoe fields and amounted to 4.5% and 2.4%  quarter-on-quarter respectively. The active development of high viscosity oil projects in Timan-Pechora continued. As such, production at Yaregskoe field increased by 30% as compared to the second quarter of 2017.

Oil production, thousand tons

3Q 20172Q 2017 9M 20179M 2016
21,41121,306Total (excluding West-Qurna 2 project)64,11464,824
20,53820,374
Russia
61,35462,031
20,33720,120
Subsidiarie​s
60,63561,317
201254
Share in affiliate​s
719714
873932
Outside of Russia
2,7602,793
464496
Subsidiarie​s
1,4771,533
409436
Share in affiliate​s
1,2831,260
540482Compensation oil from West Qurna-2 project1,4274,477
21,95121,788Total65,54169,301

The LUKOIL Group's gas production increased by 4.4% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of 2017 to 7.3 billion cubic meters. As a result, for the first nine months of 2017 production increased by 12.4% year-on-year to 20.7 billion cubic meters. Gas production was positively impacted by the launch of gas facilities at Pyakyakhinskoe field in January 2017 and main production facilities at Gissar project in Uzbekistan in the third quarter of 2017. Quarter-on-quarter production at Gissar project more than doubled.

Gas production, million cubic meters

3Q 20172Q 2017 9M 20179M 2​016
7,2576,952Total20,66818,383
4,6194,646
Russia
13,59512,176
4,5964,621
Subsidiarie​s
13,52412,113
2325
Share in affiliate​s
7163
2,6382,306
Outside of Russia
7,0736,207
2,4452,103
Subsidiarie​s
6,4725,646
193203
Sh​are in affiliate​s
601561

Refinery throughput at the LUKOIL Group's refineries in the third quarter of 2017 increased by 5.9% quarter-on-quarter and amounted to 17.4 million tons. Growth of refinery throughput in Russia was mainly due to maintenance works at Perm refinery in the second quarter of 2017. An increase in the utilization rate of European refineries was attributable to the completion of the maintenance works at Petrotel and ISAB refineries, as well as favorable market environment.

Refinery throughput for the first nine months of 2017 increased by 1.2% year-on-year to 49.9 million tons. Refinery throughput in Russia increased by 3.0% year-on-year, which was mainly due to maintenance works at our Nizhny Novgorod and Volgograd refineries in 2016. Refinery throughput in Europe decreased by 1.8% year-on-year mainly due to the maintenance works at Petrotel and ISAB refineries in the first half of 2017.

Refinery throughput at refineries, thousand tons

3Q 20172Q 2017 9M 20179M 2016
17,35616,394Total for LUKOIL Group refineries49,94649,339
11,01010,447
Russia
31,96331,029
6,3465,947
Outside of Russia
17,98318,310
5,8235,359
Oil processin​g
16,30114,900
523588
Refined products processi​ng
1,68​23,410
1,6701,678Third party refineries abroad4,744245​

Note:

LUKOIL will release its Interim Consolidated Financial Statements prepared in accordance with IFRS and related MD&A for the third quarter and nine months of 2017 on November 29, 2017.

The information in this press release is an estimate of the LUKOIL Group's results in third quarter and nine months of 2017 and therefore constitutes forward-looking statements. This information is preliminary and based on information available at the date of this document, and may be revised after statistical, financial, tax and accounting statements become available. The information on the LUKOIL Group's operational results in this press release are subject to many external factors which may cause the actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in this press release for the third quarter and nine months of 2017. The LUKOIL Group assumes no obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable law.

This document does not constitute or form part of an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity with, or any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for, any securities of, the LUKOIL Group, nor shall any part of it nor the fact of its distribution form part of or be relied on in connection with any contract or investment decision relating thereto, nor does it constitute a recommendation regarding the securities of, or any investment in, the LUKOIL Group.​

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