LONDON (Reuters) - Global oil demand this year will reach the highest level since 2007, with rising consumption led by faster growth in emerging economies in Asia, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.
The Paris-based adviser to 28 industrialised economies revised upwards by 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) its expectations for the rise in global oil demand this year. It now sees demand increasing by 1.4 million barrels per day in 2010.
Outright demand will be 86.3 million bpd, still lower than the 86.5 million bpd used in 2007. Consumption has fallen for the last two years.
“Oil demand in China and Asia has been revised higher by 70,000 bpd from last month, which has more than offset a revision of 60,000 bpd in the OECD,” said David Fyfe head of the oil industry and markets division of the IEA.
“By 2011, we’re expecting something like another 1 million bpd of growth, which would be the highest ever, but it hinges on the economic recovery.”
Fyfe said the cold winter hitting many members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development was likely to have a limited impact on oil demand.