State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan, the Azeri energy producer known as Socar, pumped less oil and gas in the first five months of 2012 than a year earlier.
Oil production fell 2.6 percent to 3.4 million metric tons, while gas output slid 2.8 percent to 2.86 billion cubic meters, the Baku-based company said today on its website, without giving a reason. Socar officials previously attributed falling oil production to increased safety measures at the BP Plc-led Azeri- Chirag-Guneshli field after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The state energy producer pumped 8.4 million tons of oil and 7 billion cubic meters of gas last year, down from 8.46 million tons of oil and 7.2 billion cubic meters of gas a year earlier.
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