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Oil Search revenue drops 18%

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Reuters are reporting that Australia’s Oil Search Ltd announced an 18% fall in first half revenue on 17 July, hit by lower output at a key LNG project in Papua New Guinea after a major earthquake in the region in February.

Revenue dropped to US$557.8 million in the six months to June from US$676.2 million a year earlier, the company said.

Half-year sales volumes declined 31% to 9.77 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) from the first half of last year.

Oil Search’s managing director, Peter Botten, said in a statement the company was in discussions over further LNG developments in Papua New Guinea.

The oil and gas explorer said production at the Papua site, known as PNG LNG, was heading towards the upper end of downgraded guidance of 23-26 mmboe for 2018.

Oil Search had revised 2018 unit production costs and production guidance earlier this year after a devastating earthquake in Papua New Guinea energy-rich interior, forced ExxonMobil to shut down operations.

Production resumed in the second week of April, a fortnight ahead of schedule.

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