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Reuters Claims OPEC Facing Significant Market Share Loss

OPEC could potentially face further loss of market share in early 2024 following the recent departure of  Angola, weakening demand and rising output by non-OPEC producers, Reuters claims, based on its own calculations. 

Reuters reports that OPEC’s production is set to slip below 27 million barrels per day (bpd) without Angola, good for less than 27% of the total global supply of 102 million bpd. The last time the cartel saw its market share fall to that level was at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when global oil demand fell by nearly 20%.

Earlier in December, Angola officially announced its exit from OPEC over disagreements regarding its oil production quotas. Angola’s crude output clocked in at 1.15 million barrels per day in November, a sharp decline from 1.88 million barrels per day in 2017, one year after it joined OPEC thanks in large part to under-investments in its aging, deepwater oil fields.

OPEC has managed to maintain a market share in the 30-40% range, according to Reuters. However, record shale production by the United States has cut into that deeply. U.S. oil output hit an all-time high of 13.1 million barrels per day in the current year mainly due to efficiency and productivity gains by drillers in a bid to combat low oil prices. 

Some analysts have forecast a slackening of U.S. oil output increase will slacken in the New Year, but many others view the estimates from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) as too conservative for 2024. 

OPEC believes the market share loss might only be temporary. The group has predicted that the group's global market share will come in at 40% in 2045 largely due to non-OPEC output declining from the early 2030s. 

OPEC has forecast global oil demand will hit 116 million barrels a day (bpd) by 2045, 6 million bpd higher than expected in last year's report, driven by growth demand by India, China, India, Africa and the Middle East.

India has been tipped to replace China as the main driver of global oil demand growth thanks mainly to a rapidly expanding population. Further, the country’s transition to renewable energy is expected to be much slower than China’s with the country recently backing coal-fired electricity generation.


By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on December 29 2023 said:
    The departure of Angola from OPEC won’t reduce the organization’s market share even temporarily since this will be more than offset by Brazil joining if from January 1, 2024.

    Angola produced just over 1.0 million barrels a day (mbd) in 2023 compared with an estimated 3.3 mbd by Brazil.

    Moreover, OPEC Plus’s market share will rise further once it restored its production cuts.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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