The Energy Information Administration released its Short-Term Energy Outlook for August, and it shows that OECD oil inventories likely bottomed last June 2018 at 2.805 billion barrels. It estimated stocks dropped 16 million barrels in July to 2.887 billion, 61 million barrels higher than a year ago.
However, for the balance of 2019, OECD inventories are projected to rise, on balance. The third quarter seasonal stock draw is over. At year-end, EIA projects 2019 to be at 2.901 million barrels, 40 million more than at the end of 2018. For 2020, EIA projects that stocks will build 58 million barrels to end the year at 2.959 billion.
The EIA has revised its estimates for future OPEC production down significantly, given the sanctions on both Iran and Venezuela. For much of the balance of 2019 and 2020, it expects OPEC production to remain under 30 million barrels per day. July was reported at 29.61 mmbd. Continue reading "World Oil Supply And Price Outlook, August 2019"