* China Aug crude output falls to 3.87 mln bpd
* Refinery throughput for Aug edges lower to 10.43 mln bpd
* Sinopec to open new reserves if oil holds at $45-$50
(Adds details on crude output decline, crude runs and natural
BEIJING, Sept 13 China's crude oil output fell
almost 10 percent in August from a year ago to the lowest in
more than six years, data from the statistics bureau showed, as
low prices continue to plague major producers.
China pumped 16.45 million tonnes (3.87 million barrels per
day) of crude in August, the least since December 2009 on a
daily basis and the second month of sharp decline.
China's shrinking crude output reflects the concerns of the
nation's top energy groups, who are struggling to keep their
wells open with benchmark Brent prices still down nearly
60 percent from a mid-2014 peak above $115 a barrel.
Sinopec, one of China's largest energy
conglomerates, forecast its crude output will drop 16 percent to
147 million barrels in the second half of this year from 175
million barrels in the same period last year.
At Zhongyuan oilfield in central China, one of Sinopec's
largest crude deposits, the company said it has reduced its
workforce to 4000 workers from 10,000.
Sinopec Chairman Wang Yupu told investors in August the
company has closed down some aging wells and reduced output to
counter the decline in crude oil prices.
"If the crude prices stay between $45-$50, we will open new
discovered reserves to compensate for the drop in output," he
said during a half-year earnings presentation.
China's crude output in the first eight months of 2016 was
down 5.7 percent to 134.8 million tonnes (4.03 million bpd).
August crude throughput at Chinese refineries was down 0.7
percent from a year earlier to 44.28 million tonnes (10.43
China's natural gas production for August fell 2 percent
from a year earlier to 10.8 billion cubic meters, the statistics
bureau said in a statement.
(Reporting by Meng Meng and Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by