OPEC’s Oil Production Slightly Declined in September

According to the latest October report prepared by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries regarding the recent changes in the crude oil market for September, the OPEC oil production slightly declined during September compared with August’s oil production levels.

OPEC’s crude oil production decreased to 31,078 thousand bbl/d in September compared with 31,343 thousand bbl/d in August. This means the total OPEC oil supply slightly declined by 264.8 thousand during last month. Libya‘s oil production slightly rose by 21 thousand bbl/d to 1,485 thousand bbl/d. The current production levels are still nearly 7% below Libya’s average oil production of 1,600 thousand bbl/d in 2010. Saudi Arabia’s oil production remained nearly unchanged at 9,854 thousand bbl/d.  Iran’s oil production also remained almost flat as it reached 2,723 thousand mark, which is still its lowest production level in recent years. On the other hand, Angola’s production fell by 179.6 thousand bbl/d; Nigeria’s oil production also declined by 136.6 thousand bbl/d.

The rest of OPEC countries also nearly didn’t change their oil quotas during September 2012.

The oil supply of non-OPEC countries was revised down to an estimate of 53.00 million bbl/d in 2012, a rise of 0.54 million bbl/d compared with 2011’s oil supply. The estimated growth in non-OPEC oil supply in 2013 is 53.89 million bbl/d.

Assuming that during 2012 OPEC’s supply will remain for the rest of the year at the same level as during the first eight months of 2012 at 31.28 million bbl/d and adding to that OPEC’s NGL’s and non-conventional oil at an estimate of 5.67 the total global supply will reach in 2012 an estimate of 89.95 million bbl/d. 

The total world oil demand forecast for 2012 is estimated to reach 88.81 million bbl/d – a growth of 0.77 million bbl/d or less than 1% compared with 2011’s demand.

The estimated gap between supply and demand on a global will reach during this year a total of 1.14 million bbl/d (i.e. a surplus of 1,140 thousand barrels). Note: this figure was higher in previous months. Therefore, if the gap between the supply and the demand with further shrink it could suggest that the oil market with further tighten in the months to follow, which could pressure up the prices of oil.

Nonetheless keep in mind, if OPEC were to cut its oil production (mainly Iran) to the 30 million bbl/d agreed upon quota, this is likely tightened the oil market and pressure up oil prices. Up to now, however, there is little evidence that OPEC is heading towards this direction.

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