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Surge in Global Oil Supply May Overtake Demand in 2018: IEA

Posted February 13, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


The rise in global oil production, led by the United States, is likely to outpace growth in demand this year, the International Energy Agency said on Feb. 13.

The Paris-based IEA raised its forecast for oil demand growth in 2018 to 1.4 million barrels per day, from a previous projection of 1.3 million bpd, after the International Monetary Fund upped its estimate of global economic growth for this year and next.

Oil demand grew at a rate of 1.6 million bpd in 2017, the IEA said in its monthly market report. However, the rapid rise in output, particularly in the United States, could well outweigh any pick-up in demand and begin to push up global oil inventories, which are now within sight of their five-year average. Click here to read more.

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