MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In December, Russia's crude oil output increased from November's 10.01 million barrels per day to 10.327 million barrels per day, while the Saudi output fell from 10.145 million barrels daily in November to 10.088 million barrels per day in December, Rosstat said in a news release.
Russian oil exports have also been increasing, with December 2015 exports amounting to 22.2 million metric tons, which is over 17 percent above December 2014 levels, according to Rosstat.
The total 2015 output came to 244.5 million tons, over 9 percent above 2014 levels. At the same time, the level of oil processing fell, dropping nearly 3 percent between 2014 and 2015.
By December, Russia's main Urals crude benchmark fell to 56.6 percent compared to December 2014, according to the statistics service.
Both Russia and Saudi Arabia may freeze output at January 2016 levels throughout 2016, provided the Doha deal is finalized in March. The move aims to stem the fall in global oil prices, which plunged from $115 per barrel to $48.5 per barrel between June 2014 and January 2015. The Brent crude benchmark has fluctuated between $30 and $35 per barrel since early January.