OPEC sees balanced oil market in 2014


OPEC sees balanced oil market in 2014


VIENNA, Austria (Bloomberg) -- The global oil market will remain “fairly balanced” in 2014 as supply disruptions including delays at the Kashagan field in Kazakhstan prevent the build-up of a surplus, according to OPEC.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, responsible for 40% of the world’s oil supply, estimates it will need to provide an average of 29.8 MMbpd this year, about 100,000 bpd more than the group projected last month. OPEC raised the estimate because of lower output from natural gas liquids, the group’s Vienna-based research department said in its monthly market report.

Growth in non-OPEC production will be capped at 1.38 MMbpd this year amid declining output in the North Sea and a gas leak at Kashagan, it said.

“Unexpected outages such as at the Kashaghan field, which has pushed back production to 2016, are likely to limit further growth in non-OPEC supply,” the group said. “Along with the ongoing increase in non-OPEC supply, current OPEC production will contribute to fully meet expected demand, resulting in a fairly balanced market this year.”

Brent crude futures have been little changed this year, trading near $109 a barrel in London today, May 13, as prolonged disruption to Libyan supplies and concerns that the Ukraine crisis may crimp Russian oil exports is countered by signs of slowing economic growth in emerging economies such as China. Production from Kazakhstan’s $48 bn Kashagan development, the world’s largest discovery in 40 years, has been halted by a gas leak.

Output from OPEC’s 12 members increased by 130,800 bpd in April to 29.59 MMbpd, driven by a recovery in Iraqi supplies, OPEC said, citing secondary sources. Iraq’s production climbed by 102,100 bpd to 3.3 million. Saudi Arabia, the group’s biggest member and de facto leader, boosted supplies by 22,500 bpd in April to 9.58 million.

Supplies from Libya, which has been paralyzed by strikes at export terminals and political demonstrations at oilfields, remained little changed last month at 238,000 bpd.

Total output is about 400,000 bpd below the group’s formal target of 30 million. The organization will meet to review this figure at its next meeting in Vienna on June 11. OPEC’s members are Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

The call-on-OPEC is estimated at 30.7 MMbpd in the third quarter, when summer demand for driving fuels is at its highest, requiring the group to raise output by about 1.1 MMbpd from current levels, the report indicated.

OPEC kept its forecast for global oil demand in 2014 unchanged. World consumption will advance by 1.1 MMbpd, or 1.3%, to average 91.15 MMbpd, according to the report.

The International Energy Agency, the Paris-based adviser to oil-consuming nations, will release its monthly report with forecasts of supply and demand on May 15.

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