Oil Demand Expected to Recover

Oil oversupply that sent prices to a five-year low probably will persist until at least the second half when demand is set to recover, according to Kuwait’s oil minister and the OPEC governor of the United Arab Emirates.

Faster global economic growth will be needed to help absorb the oil surplus estimated at 1.8 million barrels a day, Kuwait Oil Minister Ali Al-Omair told reporters in parliament yesterday. A demand-led recovery is seen in the second half, the U.A.E.’s Governor to OPEC Ali Al Yabhouni told reporters in Abu Dhabi.

Oil fell about 40 percent since the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries chose to maintain its production target at a Nov. 27 meeting, seeking to defend market share rather than prices. The U.A.E. and Kuwait are OPEC members. Slowing economic growth has contributed to the drop in prices, Al-Omair said.


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