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IEA Tells OPEC To “Open The Taps”

Oil prices climbed on Friday as the IEA boosted optimism about global oil demand recovery.

Friday, June 11th, 2021

Oil prices showed modest gains on Friday, after a selloff on Thursday. 

Oil prices drop after U.S. lifting sanctions on Iranian officials. The U.S. Department of the Treasury said on Thursday it is removing several Iranian officials from its list of designated persons, including three directors of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). Oil prices declined on the news.

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IEA: OPEC+ should “open the taps.” The IEA said that global oil demand will rebound past pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022. After declining by 8.6 mb/d in 2020, oil demand will rebound by 5.4 mb/d this year, and by another 3.1 mb/d next year. The agency reiterated that OPEC and its allies needed to “open the taps” to boost oil production and keep the world well supplied.

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on June 11 2021 said:
    The IEA is neither in a position to tell OPEC to open the taps nor will OPEC+ listen to it.

    Only OPEC+ stood between the pandemic and a complete collapse of both the global oil market and the global oil industry. It has earned the world’s respect and gratitude by its virtuoso handling of the market. By contrast, the IEA doesn’t enjoy the respect that OPEC+ enjoys neither in its objectivity nor in the quality of its research. The IEA is politically-motivated with one objective which is to depress oil prices for the benefit of its members (mostly western members).

    Its latest ill-thought-out and ludicrous net-zero emissions 2050 scenario was overwhelmingly dismissed by the oil producing-nations of the world and many international oil companies as impractical and reckless. But the wittiest put-down ever uttered came from the Saudi energy minister who depicted it as a ‘sequel to la-la-land movie’.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London

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