Novatek posts higher production but sales drop

Russia’s independent LNG producer Novatek has boosted gas production during the last year but the company’s sales declined.

Novatek said its 2020 natural gas production increased by 3.6 percent year-on-year to 77.37 billion cubic metres.

The company’s total production of hydrocarbons rose by 3.1 percent to 608.2 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Howevher, natural gas sales volumes, including LNG, declined 3.6 percent last year to 75.62 bcm.

In addition, Novatek said it sold 8.93 bcm of LNG on international markets, a drop of 30.2 percent when compared to the year before.

The company attributed the decline to lower spot market sales from its Yamal LNG export terminal in the Russian Arctic.

The drop was due to the decrease of Yamal LNG shareholders’ share, including Novatek’s share, of volumes sold on the spot market, and a corresponding increase of Yamal direct sales under long-term contracts, it said.

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