Coal News We love to talk!

DEC 13 2012

IEA sees sluggish oil demand in 2013, but good supply

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Thu 13th DEC 2012

Demand to grow at 865,000 barrels per day for 2013, 110,000 bpd higher than projected in previous IEA report

Global oil demand will be sluggish throughout 2013 as economic expansion remains tepid, the West’s energy agency said on Wednesday, also predicting comfortable oil supply levels, which could alleviate oil price pressures on consumers.

“Global demand growth is expected to stay relatively sluggish through 2013, based on the continued assumption of tepid global economic expansion,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a monthly report.

It forecast global oil demand growth for 2013 at 865,000 barrels per day (bpd), 110,000 bpd higher than in its previous report, taking consumption up to an average of 90.5 million bpd.

On the supply front, IEA sees spectacular growth in US production on the back of a boom in shale oil, which will be one of the top developments for the market in 2013. The US will contribute heavily to an aggregate non-Opec (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) increase in output of 890,000 bpd to 54.2 million bpd in 2013, it said.

The energy agency also said its forecast for demand for Opec oil was unchanged for 2013 at 29.9 million bpd, against the group’s current production of 31.22 million bpd in November.

It said, however, that it did not expect Opec ministers, who are meeting in Vienna on Wednesday, to decide on any production cuts, but that they would probably roll over their current 30 million bpd target, given relatively robust oil prices.

“Leading up to the gathering, the majority of ministers have signalled the status quo will be maintained despite production this year averaging 1.5 million bpd above the current target,” IEA said.

“Indeed, Brent futures prices are on track to surpass 2011 record levels this year, buoyed by heightened political risks in key producing countries, both in Opec and non-Opec countries,” it said.

IEA also said it believed Iranian production had edged lower in November, down 20,000 bpd to 2.7 million bpd, and that preliminary shipping data indicated volumes may fall further in December due to international sanctions.

“Iranian crude exports are expected to turn lower next month and into the New Year–reaching a level closer to 1 million bpd–as EU (European Union) and Asian countries reduce further their crude imports from Iran in order to secure continued access to the US financial system,” it said.


International Energy Agency Energy Asia Petrol United States Petroleum Iran Europe

Related News

  • Falling crude prices may help meet deficit target  Read more
  • Ultimate Sun Systems hires Prabhuraj Ambli as ED, exclusive business partner for K'taka  Read more
  • Equis India renewables not to be put up for sale after $5 bn deal with Global Infrastructure Partners  Read more
  • Crude oil up in Asian trade on Chinese trade data  Read more
  • Ventana ties up with Ramky Environment  Read more
  • Govt looks to stick it out as global crude oil prices lose steam  Read more
  • Indraprastha Gas looks to piggyback on GAIL to expand beyond Delhi-NCR  Read more
  • Oil ministry seeks Cabinet nod for Mozambique gas field buy  Read more
  • ONGC, Aussie university project on oil exploration  Read more
  • Reliance Industries, HPCL Mittal plan refinery expansions  Read more