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IEA Oil Market Report Highlights

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In its March Oil Market Report, the International Energy Agency has kept its forecast for global oil demand growth in 2018 and 2019 largely unchanged at 1.3M b/d and 1.4M b/d respectively, as solid gains in non-OECD countries offset falls in Europe, OECD Asia and the Americas.

World oil production (including NGLs) was estimated to have fallen 340K b/d m-o-m to an 8-month low of 99.75M b/d in February, weighed down by deeper OPEC/non-OPEC production cuts. However, output was still about 1.6M b/d higher y-o-y, driven by solid non-OPEC increases, mainly from the US.

Estimates for non-OPEC supply growth in 2019 were left unchanged at 1.8M b/d, down from 2.8M b/d in 2018. US output is expected to expand by 1.5M b/d in 2019, accounting for 83% of total non-OPEC growth for the year, compared to a respective share of 79% in 2018.

Meanwhile, the IEA forecasts a 500K b/d supply deficit in 2Q19 on solid global oil demand growth and declines in OPEC production, mainly in Iran and Venezuela.

By early afternoon in London, ICE Brent was trading at $66.89/bbl, down $0.34/bbl from the end of Thursday’s trading day.