OPEC has predicted that the recovery in global oil demand will intensify in the second half of the year, as the group prepares to consider relaunching more interrupted production.
Oil consumption will increase by about 5 million barrels per day – or about 5% – in the second half of 2021 compared to the first as the world emerges from the pandemic crisis, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries predicted in a report. Estimates are little changed from a month ago, Bloomberg reported.
“The recovery in global economic growth, and therefore in demand for oil, is expected to accelerate,” wrote the group’s Vienna-based research department.
The need for transport fuels is expected to increase as vaccination programs contain the virus, he added.
OPEC and its partners have restored nearly 40% of production they shut down when the coronavirus crushed demand a year ago and will meet on July 1 to consider relaunching the rest.
The OPEC + coalition of 23 countries has previously indicated that it expects global crude markets to tighten over the next six months, while the International Energy Agency has warned of rising prices. price if the group does not turn on the taps.
Brent futures are trading above $ 70 a barrel in London.
Yet, so far Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman has said he wants demand to be clear before the alliance increases its supplies.
The latest OPEC report reaffirms that there will be a substantial void in the market for producers to fill.
OPEC’s crude demand will average 29 million barrels per day in the last six months of the year, while the group’s 13 members pumped just 25.46 million barrels per day in May. , according to the report.
Even if they make an increase planned for July, they will be well below the necessary level.