IEA says strong oil demand growth helps market’s rebalancing

11 Aug 2017   IEA, Prices

Global oil demand will grow more quickly than expected this year, helping to ease a glut despite rising crude production from North America and weak OPEC compliance with output cuts, the International Energy Agency said on Friday. The agency revised its 2017 demand growth forecast to 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) versus 1.4 million bpd in its previous monthly report and said it expected demand to expand by a further 1.4 million bpd next year. “Producers should find encouragement from demand, which is growing year-on-year more strongly than first thought,” the Paris-based IEA said. “There would be more confidence that rebalancing is here to stay if some producers party to the output agreements were not, just as they are gaining the upper hand, showing signs of weakening their resolve,” the IEA added. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is curbing output by about 1.2 […]

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