OPEC: Egypt among countries to see largest oil supply falls in H2

Global oil demand is assumed at 99.73 mb/d in 2020, but the second half of 2020 is forecasted to see higher consumption than the first half of the year, according to the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) latest report.

Considering the latest developments, downward risks currently outweigh any positive indicators and suggest further likely decline revisions in oil demand growth, should the current status persist, said OPEC’s Monthly Oil Market Report, which was released on Wednesday

The world oil demand growth in 2020 is witnessing a fall from 0.92 mb/d to 0.06 mb/d, reflecting slower global economic growth associated with a wider spread of new coronavirus – Covid-19 beyond China.

“The impact of the Covid-19 outbreak in China and its adverse impacts on transportation and industrial fuels were the main causes of this downward revision. In addition, the outbreak is also assumed to severely affect oil demand growth in various other countries and regions outside China, such as Japan, South Korea, OECD Europe and the Middle East, which has led to a downward revision in those regions as well,” reads the report.

The report also said that global oil demand growth in 2019 is revised down by 0.08 mb/d to 0.83 mb/d compared with the previous month’s assessment.

For the global oil supply in 2020, the report said that Non-OPEC oil supply growth is projected to drop by 0.49 mb/d to 1.76 mb/d.

“Production is revised up mainly for Russia, Thailand, Indonesia and Oman, while the US, China, Mexico, Colombia, Norway, Azerbaijan and Malaysia are revised lower. US liquids production growth in 2020 is revised down by 0.36 mb/d to 0.90 mb/d, y-o-y. Yet, the US is forecast to drive growth throughout the year, along with Brazil, Norway, Canada, Guyana, and Australia,” the report adds.

It also expected that Mexico, Colombia, Egypt, and China are to see the largest declines.

The demand for OPEC crude in 2020 is expected at 28.2 mb/d, around 1.7 mb/d lower than the 2019 level, the report shows.

Regarding the world economy, OPEC said that following a marked weaker economic growth for the second half of 2019 in Japan, the eurozone and in India, the coronavirus related developments necessitated a further downward revision of the 2020 GDP growth forecast to 2.4 percent from 3.0 percent forecast in February.

U.S. growth remains at 2.3 percent for 2019, yet is revised down to 1.6 percent for 2020 driven by an anticipated slowdown in consumption amid rising uncertainties, triggered by falling asset markets, according the report.

“Eurozone growth remains at 1.2 percent for 2019, but is lowered to 0.6 percent for 2020, mainly due to the expectation of reduced exports, slowing consumption in select Euro-zone economies and the drastic development seen in Italy.” the report says.

For China, 2020 economic growth expected to fall to 5 percent, considering the latest new coronavirus impacts, while Russia’s economic growth is set to drop to 0.8 percent, down from 1.1 percent in 2019, driven by the decline in commodity export markets.

“Further downside risks to the world economy remains given the uncertainty regarding the magnitude of Covid-19 related impacts,” the report says.

Source: Ahram Online

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