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President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia's first shipment of Arctic offshore oil Friday, saying the platform decried by environmentalists would help Moscow expand its global energy markets share.Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's top gas producer Gazprom, shipped the first 70,000 tons of oil by tanker from the Prirazlomnoye platform, the site of a protest by 30 Greenpeace activists who were arrested last year.Russia's oil output stands at over 10 million barrels per day, the world's largest, but it needs new sources of crude oil, including hard-to-recover deposits in the Arctic, to sustain this level.The recoverable oil reserves of the Prirazlomnoye field, 60 kilometers off Russia's northernmost shores, are estimated at 72 million tons.
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