RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Oil and natural gas output at Petróleo Brasileiro SA rose 4.3 percent last year, the second annual increase after two years of declines, as long-delayed offshore production systems came on line.
Petrobras, as the company is known, produced an average 2.79 million barrels of oil and natural gas equivalent a day (boepd) in Brazil and abroad in the 12 months ending Dec. 30, compared with 2.67 million boepd a year earlier, according to data on its website.
December output fell 0.4 percent from a year earlier to 2.85 million boepd. December output was 5.2 percent higher than in November, a month affected by the worst strike at the Rio de Janeiro-based company in 20 years. (Reporting by Jeb Blount)