By Tom Bergin
LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc
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Shell said second-quarter current cost of supply net income rose 77 percent to $8 billion, driven by higher oil prices and helped by non-cash accounting gains and asset sales.
"It's a good result ... production volumes should ramp up in the next quarter," one dealer said.
Oil and gas production fell 2 percent to 3.05 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, due to field sales and a warm second quarter which hit European gas demand.
Excluding divestments, output rose 2 percent -- a sign that the company's large recent investment in new projects was beginning to show returns.
In the first half of the year, Shell started up three new projects, a Canadian oil sands venture and two gas plants in Qatar, in which it had invested $30 billion.
Excluding one-offs, the underlying result rose 56 percent to $6.55 billion, just below an average forecast of $6.70 billion in a Reuters poll of eight analysts.
(Editing by David Holmes)