IEA releases Oil Market Report for December

11 December 2013

A well in North Dakota. Rising non-OPEC oil supply in November helped to offset a decline in OPEC crude output.

The Oil Market Report for December published Wednesday raised the estimate of global oil demand for 2013 by 130 000 barrels per day (130 kb/d), to 91.2 million barrels per day (mb/d), on stronger-than-expected third-quarter demand growth among OECD countries of 320 kb/d. Global demand is now seen advancing by 1.2 mb/d in both 2013 and 2014, to reach 92.4 mb/d in 2014.

Global oil supplies increased by 310 kb/d in November to 92.3 mb/d, as non-OPEC crude output topped 43 mb/d for the first time in decades. Year-on-year, November supplies rose by 810 kb/d, as a 1.9 mb/d surge in non-OPEC liquids and OPEC NGL more than offset a 1.1 mb/d drop in OPEC crude.

OPEC crude supply fell by 160 kb/d in November to 29.73 mb/d, its fourth consecutive monthly decline. Renewed disruptions in Libya and smaller drops in Nigeria, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela more than offset higher output in Iran, Iraq and Angola.

Global refinery crude runs plunged to 73.6 mb/d in October, down by 2 mb/d on September and by 1 mb/d from the previous year, on sweeping plant maintenance and weak margins. OECD Europe and the United States led the decline. Throughputs are projected to rebound to 76.3 mb/d in the current quarter, up 180 kb/d from a year earlier, and to 76.7 mb/d in the first quarter of next year, a year-on-year rise of 1.2 mb/d.

The Oil Market Report (OMR) is a monthly International Energy Agency publication which provides a view of the state of the international oil market and projections for oil supply and demand 12-18 months ahead. To subscribe, click here.

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