Monday, June 15, 2015
According to the International Energy Agency’s most recent Oil Market Report, global oil demand averaged 93.3 million b/d in this year’s first half, up 1.6 million b/d on the year and 400,000 b/d above the estimate in last month’s report. Global demand for the whole year is forecast to average 94 million b/d, 1.4 million b/d up on the year and 300,000 b/d higher than in last month’s OMR.
“Since bottoming out at a 5-year low in second-quarter 2014, global oil demand growth has steadily increased, as additional economic growth, colder-than-year-earlier European winter weather conditions and more recently price effects have filtered through,” IEA said. However, momentum is expected to ease somewhat in this year’s second half, assuming a return to normal weather conditions and given a recent partial recovery in oil prices.