SAO PAULO, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Brazil's oil and natural gas output in December increased 2.19 percent over a similar period a year earlier, to 3.16 million barrels a day of oil equivalent (boepd), according to a monthly report from the country's oil regulator released on Tuesday.
The giant Lula field, operated by state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA in partnership with Britain's BG Group Plc and Portugal's Galp Energia SGPS SA, continued to lead the way producing 442,000 barrels of oil and 20.6 million cubic meters of natural gas per day.
Production in December increased more than 6 percent compared to November, since operations in that month were impacted by striking Petrobras workers.
The state-controlled company is by far the largest operator in Brazil, producing 2.93 million boepd in December. Statoil Brasil ranks second with 94,000 boepd. (Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Bill Trott)