By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Russia's biggest oil producer OAO Lukoil will invest $100 billion over the next decade to boost output and increase refining capacity, including possible foreign acquisitions, the company announced.
In a statement released Tuesday, Lukoil said it would seek to double crude oil production from its current 1.8 million barrels a day. Spending an average $10 billion a year would put Lukoil well above its Russian oil company peers in terms of capital expenditures, Dow Jones Newswires reported.
The announcement comes as Lukoil faces growing competition from state-owned oil company OAO Rosneft, which is seeking to become Russia's top oil producer within the next few years. Rosneft currently produces about 1.6 million barrels a day.
Analysts said Lukoil appeared to be placing a bet that oil prices will stay high in the coming years, since demand would need to remain strong to supply the company with the necessary cash flow.
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