Opec sees oil demand soaring

Updated 15 Jul 2020

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Opec said the forecast assumed no further downside risks materialised in 2021. — Dawn/File
Opec said the forecast assumed no further downside risks materialised in 2021. — Dawn/File

LONDON: Global oil demand will soar by a record 7 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2021 as the global economy recovers from the coronavirus crisis but will remain below 2019 levels, Opec said in its monthly report.

It was the first report in which Opec assessed oil markets next year. It said the forecast assumed no further downside risks materialised in 2021 such as US-China trade tensions, high debt levels or a second wave of coronavirus infections.

“This assumes that Covid-19 is contained, especially in major economies, allowing for recovery in private household consumption and investment, supported by the massive stimulus measures undertaken to combat the pandemic,” Opec said.

Published in Dawn, July 15th, 2020