LONDON (Reuters) – OPEC on Wednesday further trimmed its forecast for 2019 global oil demand growth and said the risk to the economic outlook was skewed to the downside, adding a new challenge to the group’s efforts to support the market next year.
In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said world oil demand next year would rise by 1.41 million barrels per day (bpd), 20,000 bpd less than last month and the second consecutive reduction in the forecast.
The report provides further indication the rapid oil demand that helped OPEC and allies get rid of a supply glut will moderate in 2019. This means there will be less strain on other producers in making up for supply losses in Venezuela and Iran as renewed U.S. sanctions kick in.
“Rising challenges in some emerging and developing economies are skewing the current global economic growth risk forecast to the downside,” OPEC said in the report.
“Rising trade tensions, and the consequences of further potential monetary tightening by G4 central banks, in combination with rising global debt levels, are additional concerns.”
OPEC also said oil output from its 15 members rose in August by 278,000 bpd to 32.56 million bpd, following June’s agreement to ease a supply-cutting deal.
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