IEA expects further oil boom, but 'inflexion point' nears

June 18, 2014

The International Energy Agency has said it expects global oil demand to rise over the next five years. But its latest medium-term market report also warned growth might decelerate later for environmental reasons.

The IEA's Medium-Term Oil Market Report 2014 said it saw global demand increasing by 1.3 percent annually to 99.1 million barrels per day in 2019. But it also spoke of an "inflexion point" which would decelerate growth later on due to high oil prices, cheaper fuel alternatives and environmental concerns.

The agency said that only the US currently has the unique mix of legal and geographic conditions in place to bring about a shale-oil and light-tight-oil (LTO) boom. But it added many nations would seek to replicate America's success story in the years ahead.

"We're continuing to see unprecedented production growth from North America and the US in particular," IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said in a statement. "By the end of the decade, North America will have the capacity to become a net exporter of oil liquids."

Copyright, DW, 2014.