MOSCOW, February 1. /TASS/. Russia in 2022 reduced natural gas production by 13.4% year-on-year to 573 bln cubic meters, the Russian State Statistics Service said on Wednesday.
In particular, gas production in December amounted to 51.3 bln cubic meters, which is 14.6% lower than in December 2021 and 6.7% higher than in November 2022.
Associated petroleum gas production in 2022 decreased by 2% to 99 bln cubic meters. Thus, the total gas production in Russia last year amounted to 672 bln cubic meters against 763 bln cubic meters in 2021.
Russia’s output of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2022 reached 32.5 mln metric tons, which is 8.1% more than in 2021. In December, LNG production amounted to 2.8 mln metric tons, which is 4.8% less than in December 2021 and 0.4% higher than in November 2022.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak reported that Russia, by the end of 2022, would reduce gas production by 18-20% to 671 bln cubic meters, while 470 bln cubic meters would be used for the domestic market.
Novak also noted in an interview with TASS that Russian LNG supplies to the EU market in 2022 will increase to 21 bln cubic meters and that production and export of LNG will increase by more than 8.7%. Later, he stated that Russia increased LNG exports in 2022 to 46 bln cubic meters.
Gazprom reported that in 2022 it produced 412.6 bln cubic meters of gas, and gas exports to non-CIS countries at the end of the year amounted to 100.9 bln cubic meters. The drop in production compared to 2021 was around 20%, and in terms of exports - 45.5%.