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* Refining margin up 27 pct q/q to $5.28 per barrel
* Total production up 1 percent to 309,000 boe/d
* Yemen recovers; Austria, Tunisia improve
VIENNA, Oct 19 Austrian energy group OMV's
refining margin rose 27 percent in the third quarter,
it said on Friday, as crude oil prices eased from the previous
quarter's highs and gasoline and middle distillate spreads rose.
OMV, whose activities range from exploration to filling
stations, said total production edged up 1 percent to 309,000
barrels of oil equivalent per day, mainly due to a recovery in
Yemen as well as higher production in Austria and Tunisia.
"Sales volumes, however, were down due to lower liftings,
mainly in Tunisia and Libya. There was no lifting in Yemen in
the third quarter," OMV said in a statement.
Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have been repeatedly attacked
by Islamic militants or disgruntled tribesmen since
anti-government protests created a power vacuum in 2011.
OMV said in August that production in Yemen had restarted at
a low level in July following the repair of an export pipeline
but the security situation remained uncertain.
Production in Libya - which accounted for 10 percent of OMV
output before the civil war last year that toppled Muammar
Gaddafi - was steady, Chief Executive Gerhard Roiss said on
The company added on Friday that its third-quarter results,
due to be reported on Nov. 7, would contain net special charges
of 38 million euros ($50 million), mainly related to a legal
case in Kazakhstan.
OMV's refining margin rose to $5.28 per barrel in the third
quarter on total refining output that rose 6 percent to 4.87
OMV had said after the second quarter that refining margins
had spiked and were expected to deteriorate as crude oil prices
recovered, while petrochemical and marketing margins would
suffer from the subdued economic environment.
Supply concerns have been pushing oil prices up but have
diminished in the past weeks with the imminent restart of
Britain's largest oilfield.
Brent crude held above $112 a barrel on Friday but
remained on track for its third weekly fall in five weeks.
($1 = 0.7638 euros)
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Michael Shields)