The FINANCIAL — According to RIA Novosti, Russia's crude production in January declined 0.8% year-on-year to 41 million metric tons (300.5 million barrels), while natural gas output fell 10.5% to 55.2 billon cubic meters, the Federal Statistics Service said on February 16.
Primary crude processing decreased 2.8% against January 2008 to 19.3 million tons and declined 0.3% against December 2008.
Natural gas production in January declined 4% against December.
The Energy Ministry's central dispatch department for the fuel and energy complex said earlier this month that crude exports in January fell 2.3% year-on-year to 20.2 million tons, while gas exports plunged 74.1% to 12.35 billion cu m.
Gas production and exports were hit by the gas dispute with Ukraine.