OPEC cuts 2019 oil demand growth forecast, sees more downside risk

Thu, 2019-06-13 10:57

LONDON: OPEC on Thursday cut its forecast for growth in global
oil demand due to escalating trade disputes and pointed to the risk
of a further reduction, building a case for prolonged supply
restraint in the rest of 2019.
World oil demand will rise by 1.14 million barrels per day this
year, 70,000 bpd less than previously expected, the Organization of
the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a monthly report.
“Throughout the first half of this year, ongoing global trade
tensions have escalated,” OPEC said in the report. “Significant
downside risks from escalating trade disputes spilling over to
global demand growth remain.”
OPEC, Russia and other producers have implemented a deal since Jan.
1 to cut output by 1.2 million bpd. They meet on June 25-26 or in
early July to decide whether to extend the pact.
Vienna-based OPEC also said its output fell in May as US sanctions
on Iran added to the impact of the supply-cutting pact. Production
by all 14 OPEC members dropped by 236,000 bpd to 29.88 million bpd,
OPEC said.

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OPEC cuts 2019 oil demand growth forecast, sees more downside risk