The Sibneft oil company increased its crude oil exports by 30%, i.e. from 5.587m tons in 2000 to 7.356m in 2001, a source in the press service of the company reported to RosBusinessConsulting. The average production rate of Sibneft's oil wells went up 14% last year from 11.9 tons to 13.6 tons. Drilling volumes were increased by 32%, i.e. from 740,000 meters to 980,000 meters. The number of hydrofracturing operations went up 37% from 258 in 2000 to 354 in 2001. The volume of oil refining was raised by 6% with gasoline production amounting to 3.237m tons, diesel production - 4.525m tons, black oil production - 1.962m tons and aircraft fuel - 615,000 tons. The number of Sibneft's employees was reduced by 22% from 37,760 people to 29,300 people.
According to Russian officials, the detainees are employees of the private security company who were on their way to Latin America via Minsk and Istanbul. Lukashenko calls Russian officials liars