16 Nov 2009 11:40

Energy Minister forecasts Russian oil production in 2010 to remain at current level

MOSCOW. Nov 16 (Interfax) - Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko forecasts that oil production in Russia in 2010 will remain at the current level.

"I can't say there will be optimistic growth, but I think that it will remain at the same level," Shmatko told journalists on Monday.

The Energy Ministry has said previously that oil production in 2009 might amount to 492 million-493 million tonnes, 0.8% more than in 2008.