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IEA sees oil demand restoration outpacing progress in provide

Progress in vaccinating the world in opposition to COVID-19 means the world’s financial restoration and demand for oil will outpace the output of high producers, the Worldwide Vitality Company (IEA) has mentioned.

“The anticipated provide progress by way of the remainder of this yr comes nowhere near matching our forecast for considerably stronger demand past the second quarter,” the IEA mentioned in its month-to-month report, citing elevated pumping from OPEC+ international locations.

“However India’s COVID disaster is a reminder that the outlook for oil demand is mired in uncertainty. Till the pandemic is introduced below management, market volatility is more likely to persist.”

OPEC and its non-OPEC allies, an alliance typically known as OPEC+, lower oil manufacturing by a file quantity in 2020 in an effort to assist crude costs, as strict public well being measures worldwide coincided with a gasoline demand shock.

OPEC+ initially agreed to chop output by 9.7 million barrels per day, earlier than easing cuts to 7.7 million and ultimately scaling again additional to 7.2 million from January. OPEC’s de facto chief Saudi Arabia has since mentioned it plans to chop output by an additional 1 million barrels per day in February and March to cease inventories from increase.

Final week, OPEC stored its 2021 forecast for worldwide oil demand unchanged. The 13-member group anticipated demand progress to extend by 5.9 million barrels per day yr on yr to common 95.9 million.

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