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IEA Cuts Oil Demand Outlook on Virus, Sees Surplus in 2022

  • Outlook for second half of 2021 cut by 550,000 barrels a day
  • Stockpiles to rebound in 2022 if OPEC+ reverses output cuts
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IEA ‘Sharply’ Cuts Oil Demand Outlook on Delta Virus Concerns
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The International Energy Agency cut forecasts for global oil demand “sharply” for the rest of this year as the resurgent pandemic hits major consumers, and predicted a new surplus in 2022.

It’s a marked reversal for the Paris-based agency, which just a month ago was urging the OPEC+ alliance to open the taps or risk a damaging spike in prices. The oil cartel heeded calls to hike supply, which is now arriving just as consumption slackens.