Austria’s OMV Q2 profit falls 25% on Libya’s war
11 Aug 2011
(MENAFN) OMV’s chief executive, Gerhard Roiss, said that due to the political upheaval in Libya, the Austrian oil firm’s profit dropped 25 percent in the second quarter to USD337.6 million from USD449 million in the same period in 2010, reported The National.
Roiss added that the company, which 20 percent of is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, started negotiations with the Libyan Transitional National Council in order to restart production in the country which contributed with 10 percent of the company’s output in 2010.
He also said that the shutdown in Libya’s operations forced the company to purchase replacement crude for its low-margin refining operations.
It is worth noting that the company’s production was also affected by the unrest in Yemen, since an attack on a pipeline in March stopped operations, however, the pipeline was fixed in July and oil pumping was resumed.