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The IEA Expects Global Oil Demand Hit A Record High In 2023

  • The InternationEnergy Agency has raised its forecast for global oil demand growth in 2023 by 100,000 bpd from last month.
  • The agency’s new forecast sees global oil demand increasing by 2 million barrels per day from 2022 levels.
  • China’s resurgent oil demand will account for nearly half the projected increases this year.

Global oil demand is set to increase by 2 million barrels per day (bpd) this year, pushed up by growth in Chinese consumption after the reopening, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday as it raised its 2023 demand growth estimate by 100,000 bpd from last month’s forecast.

This year, world oil demand is set to average a record 101.9 million bpd, up by 2 million bpd from 2022, the IEA said in its closely-watched Oil Market Report today. The increase is 100,000 bpd higher than the 1.9 million bpd rise the agency expected at the time of the publishing of its January report.

China’s resurgent oil demand – with growth seen at 900,000 bpd this year – and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region will dominate global growth, the IEA said. The reopening of the Chinese borders is leading to an increase in air travel and jet fuel demand, which is set to rise by 1.1 million bpd to 7.2 million bpd this year. Jet fuel demand is expected to rebound to 90% of 2019 levels, the IEA said.

“World oil demand growth is picking up after a marked slowdown in the second half of 2022 and a year-on-year contraction in the fourth quarter. China accounts for nearly half the 2 mb/d projected increase this year, with neighbouring countries also set to benefit after Beijing ditched its zero-Covid policies,” the IEA said in the report. 

Global oil supply, meanwhile, appears to be exceeding demand and could continue to do so by the middle of this year, but the market could swing into a deficit soon after that.

“World oil supply looks set to exceed demand through the first half of 2023, but the balance could quickly shift to deficit as demand recovers and some Russian output is shut in,” the IEA said.

Russia’s announced cut of 500,000 bpd in production for March could be a sign that Moscow may be struggling to place all of its barrels, the international agency said.  

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on February 15 2023 said:
    The minute OPEC+ raised its forecast for global oil demand in 2023 by 2.3 million barrels a day (mbd), the International Energy Agency (IEA) came up with its own forecast so as not to be left behind
    According to OPEC+. Global demand will rise from 101.3 mbd in 2022 to 103.6 mbd in 2023. China’s demand will account for 50% of the demand growth.

    Moreover, China’s own demand in 2023 is projected to hit 17.1 mbd necessitating an import of 13.2 mbd.

    Yesterday UAE’s Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei warned that the real problem that will face the global oil market in 2024 will be a lack of supply rather than demand as evidenced by production decline in many oil-producing countries. This trend is the result of years of chronic underinvestment in exploration and expansion of oil and gas production capacities.

    Still, the UAE Energy Minister suggested that OPEC+ will not rush to change its production quotas in light of Russia’s announcement of a production cut of 500,000 barrels a day (b/d) starting the 1st of March.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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