Sal. Oca 21st, 2020

Global oil supply falls in Dec. 2019

– Escalating tension in the Middle East intensifies concern over supply security

By Gulsen Cagatay

ANKARA (AA) – Global oil supply tumbled by 780,000 barrels per day in December to stand at 100.7 million barrels per day (mb/d), according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) report on Thursday.

The decrease came from Saudi Arabia's reduced output and a seasonal fall in biofuels production, according to the IEA's monthly oil report.

The IEA stated that OPEC crude production in December amounted to 29.44 mb/d, down 180,000 b/d on the previous month, after Saudi Arabia restrained its output.

– Escalating tension in Middle East

Tensions in the region have heightened concern over supply security, with Iraq and the Strait of Hormuz firmly in focus.

"Even before recent clashes between Iran and the U.S. in Iraq, widespread protests had posed a threat to Iraq’s oil fields and terminals. As yet there has been no material impact on operations, despite the evacuation of some foreign workers," the IEA stated.

According to the Agency, economic assumptions supporting the report’s projections remain unchanged.

"After rising by 3% in 2019, world GDP (in purchasing power parity terms) is expected to increase at a faster rate of 3.4% in 2020," the IEA stated.

Meanwhile, in Vienna last month, 20 OPEC and non-OPEC participating countries in the oil cut pact agreed a reduction of 2.1 mb/d, deepening existing curbs by 900,000 b/d, and including extra voluntary cuts of 400,000 b/d from Saudi Arabia.