The International Energy Agency have just published their forecast for oil demand next year, and its more of the same, with the emphasis on more.
Global oil consumption is expected to increase by 1.75m barrels a day next year to total 85.2m b/d, suggesting that a recent fall-off in demand is temporary… For 2006, the IEA revised its forecast of non-Opec supply down 335,000 b/d to an average of 50.3m b/d.
Delays and declining production in Canada, the UK, Asia and Sudan are expected to damp production growth next year. The massive damage to platforms and rigs caused by Katrina and Rita will be felt outside the US as well, increasing costs and causing rig shortages in places such as the Middle East, where two of the rigs damaged by Rita had been scheduled to move this year.
At the same time, the world’s thirst for oil shows few signs of abating, despite high prices. The IEA said that weakening of demand this month was likely to be a short-lived side effect of bottlenecks in distribution caused by the US hurricanes.