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IEA: Global Oil Demand Hits Record High

  • According to the IEA, global oil demand hit a record 103 million bpd in June and could set another record in August.
  • Global oil demand is expected to average 102.2 million barrels per day this year despite economic headwinds.
  • In 2024, the IEA cut its estimate for global oil demand growth by 150,000 bpd and sees growth slowing to 1 million bpd year over year.

Global oil demand will hit new highs and is expected to average 102.2 million barrels per day (bpd) this year, driven by summer air travel, strong Chinese petrochemical activity, and higher oil use in power generation, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday.    

World oil demand is set to grow by 2.2 million bpd this year, with China accounting for more than 70% of growth, the agency said in its closely-watched Oil Market Report (OMR) for August.   

The growth estimate is unchanged from last month’s report, in which the IEA cut its global oil demand growth forecast for the first time this year, due to persistent economic headwinds.

Demand in developed economies was revised up for May and June, with overall consumption returning to growth in the second quarter after two quarters of contraction. Moreover, Chinese demand was also stronger than expected, reaching fresh highs despite persistent concerns over its economy.

World oil demand hit a record 103 million bpd in June and August could see yet another peak, the IEA noted.  

The agency, however, cut today its estimate for global oil demand growth for 2024 by around 150,000 bpd, and sees next year’s growth slowing to 1 million bpd year over year.

“With the post-pandemic rebound running out of steam, and as lacklustre economic conditions, tighter efficiency standards and new electric vehicles weigh on use, growth is forecast to slow to 1 mb/d in 2024,” the agency said in the report.

For this year, refinery throughputs are set to reach a summer peak of 83.9 million bpd in August, up 2.4 million bpd since May and 2.6 million bpd higher than a year ago, according to IEA’s projections.

“The increase in refined product output has failed to ease product market tightness, pushing gasoline and middle distillate cracks to near record-highs. High sulphur fuel oil cracks provided further support to margins, which pushed above 2022 levels in July,” the IEA said.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com


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  • Mike Lewicki on August 11 2023 said:

    Of course you have to add your Bearish component.

    Next year consumption will grow more.

    Good luck.
  • M G on August 11 2023 said:
    Didn't take long to remove the "thumbs up/down from the articles! Too much truth from the people? McKinsey didn't approve?
  • George Doolittle on August 11 2023 said:
    Everyone but New Mexico is Venezuela at the moment so this understandable.

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