“We continue to build on our industrial strengths and develop our portfolio. In the quarter we have closed the Roncador and Carcara transactions in Brazil and the North Platte transaction in the US, and we have secured new and attractive exploration acreage in Brazil, the UK and Norway. We have started field installation at Johan Sverdrup and have high project activity with several projects in execution. In July, we delivered the development plan for the very profitable Troll Phase 3 project for approval,” says Sætre.
Adjusted earnings  were USD 4.3 billion in the second quarter, up from USD 3.0 billion in the same period in 2017. Adjusted earnings after tax  were USD 1.7 billion in the second quarter, up from USD 1.3 billion in the same period last year, which included a reversal of a provision in Angola of USD 0.7 billion. Higher prices for both liquids and gas, coupled with high production, contributed to the increase. Due to increased maintenance and some quarter and field specific items, underlying operating costs and administrative expenses per barrel are slightly up compared to same quarter last year, adjusted for new fields in production.
IFRS net operating income was USD 3.8 billion in the second quarter compared to USD 3.2 billion in the same period of 2017. In the quarter, Equinor had a net impairment reversal of USD 0.3 billion and a negative effect from changes in the unrealised fair value of derivatives of USD 0.5 billion. IFRS net income was USD 1.2 billion, down from USD 1.4 billion in the second quarter of 2017.
Equinor delivered equity production of 2,028 mboe per day in the second quarter, an increase from 1,996 mboe per day in the same period in 2017. The increase was primarily due to higher production in the US. The production growth  was 2% compared to the second quarter of 2017.
As of second quarter 2018, Equinor had completed 10 exploration wells with four commercial discoveries. Adjusted exploration expenses  in the quarter were USD 234 million, up from USD 224 million in the same quarter of 2017, mainly due to higher drilling activity.
Cash flows provided by operating activities before taxes paid and changes in working capital amounted to USD 13.2 billion for the first half of 2018 compared to USD 10.5 billion same period 2017. Organic capital expenditure  was USD 4.6 billion for the first six months of 2018. End of June, net debt to capital employed  increased from 25.1% to 27.2%, after value enhancing transactions and increased working capital.
The board of directors has decided to maintain a dividend of USD 0.23 per share for the second quarter.
The twelve-month average Serious Incident Frequency (SIF) was 0.5 for the twelve months ended 30 June 2018, compared to 0.7 in the same period a year ago.