Production of oil and gas is the core activity of LUKOIL Group.
Liquid hydrocarbons represent approximately 80% of our overall production volumes. LUKOIL operates in six countries and accounts for approximately 2% of global oil production.
Excluding the West Qurna-2 project, our 2019 oil production totaled 85.9 million tonnes, up by 0.3% year-on-year.
In 2017–2019, the volume and dynamics of LUKOIL Group's daily oil production were mainly influenced by external production limitations under the agreement between Russia and OPEC, which has changed twice during this period: in mid-2018 and at the beginning of 2019.
In 2019, LUKOIL produced 82.1 million tonnes of crude oil in Russia, in line with the 2018 levels. This accounted for 14.6% of Russia's total production, as reported by the Central Dispatching Department of the Fuel and Energy Complex of Russia.
Given the limited total volume of oil production, we continued to ramp up our production at large, highly productive fields as planned, while making production cuts at our mature fields in West Siberia and Timan-Pechora. In particular, we continued to ramp up production at the V. Filanovsky, Yu. Korchagin, and Pyakyakhinskoye fields. Highviscosity oil production at the Yaregskoye and Usinskoye fields in TimanPechora also increased. As a result, the share of these fields in the total production of LUKOIL Group, excluding the West Qurna-2 project, totaled 16% in 2019, up by one percentage point yearon-year. Oil production was launched at 12 new fields in West Siberia, the Volga region, the Urals and the Baltics.
In 2019, gas production increased by 4.5% year-on-year to 35.0 billion cubic meters, driven by the development of our projects in Uzbekistan.
Overall 2019 gas production in Russia remained flat year-on-year at 17.8 billion cubic meters. Gas production from our international projects increased by 9.6% to 17.2 billion cubic meters and provided 49.2% of LUKOIL's total gas production, up by 2.3 percentage points year-on-year.