14:58 | 13/10/2016 Industry
The Viet Nam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) will strive to exploit more than 6.49 million tonnes of oil by the year's end, including 3.88 million tonnes of crude oil and 2.61 billion cubic meters of natural gas, to achieve total output of 27.59 million tonnes of oil.
PetroVietnam sets a target to exploit more than 6.49 million tonnes of oil by the end of this year — Photo vneconomy
This output is 7.6 percent higher than its initial yearly target of 25.64 million tonnes set at the beginning of the year.
The energy group reported its nine-month production output at 21.1 million tonnes of oil equivalent, surpassing the quarterly target by 10.2 percent growth and equaling 82.3 percent of the yearly goal. Crude oil comprised 13.03 million tonnes of total output, up 8.1 percent year-on-year.
Industrial production value increased 11 percent over the nine months of last year.
Production of electricity, fertilizer and petroleum in the first nine months was also above targets by between 2.4 and 15.8 percent.
These numbers are considered impressive given the gloomy outlook of the global oil market.
However, the group's nine-month revenues reached only VND327.4 trillion (US$14.7 billion), accounting for 86 percent of the quarterly projection and just 64 percent of the yearly target.
The group attributed the disappointing earnings to strong declines in global oil prices. The nine-month average oil price was around $42.7 per barrel, only 71.2 percent of the group's estimate of $60 per barrel for the year. This price was also 25 percent lower than that of the same period of last year.
Therefore, the contribution to the State budget was VND64 trillion, equivalent to 81 percent of the nine-month estimate and 61 percent of the goal for the whole year.
PetroVietnam expects to earn VND514.5 trillion in total revenues and collection to the State budget of VND104.2 trillion for the year.
The group's earnings are forecast to continue decreasing this year if the world crude oil price remains low. PetroVietnam's revenues and profits have been on a consistent decrease since 2013 due to losses in global oil./.