Oil prices might have stabilized only temporarily because the global oil glut is worsening and U.S. production shows no sign of slowing, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.
The West’s energy watchdog said the United States may soon run out of spare capacity to store crude, which would put additional downward pressure on prices.
That process would last at least until the second half of 2015, when growth in U.S. oil production is expected to start abating.
Combined with an increase in global demand, the expected U.S. production slowdown would give some support to oil prices and respite to oil producers’ group OPEC, the IEA said.
“On the face of it, the oil price appears to be stabilizing. What a precarious balance it is, however,” the Paris-based IEA said in its monthly report.
“Behind the façade of stability, the rebalancing triggered by the price collapse has yet to run its course, and it might be overly optimistic to expect it to proceed smoothly.”
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