OPEC OIL PRODUCTION UP 173 TBD
OGJ - Total crude oil production from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries increased 173,000 b/d month-over-month in July to average 32.87 million b/d, according to five secondary sources used in the cartel's August Monthly Oil Market Report.
Preliminary data indicate that global oil supply increased 170,000 b/d month-over-month in July to average 97.3 million b/d.
Libya output gained 154,000 b/d from June to just more than 1 million b/d. Nigeria rose 34,300 b/d to 1.75 million b/d. Both countries were exempted from the deal by OPEC and certain non-OPEC members to collectively curb output, but Nigeria recently agreed to cap its output at 1.8 million b/d.
Saudi Arabia, the leader of the output curtailment deal, lifted its output by 31,800 b/d from June to 10.07 million b/d. Smaller increases were also seen from Iran, Equatorial Guinea, Ecuador, Gabon, and Qatar.
Production from Iraq fell 33,100 b/d from June to 4.47 million b/d. Angola dropped 19,300 b/d to 1.65 million b/d. Venezuela declined 15,800 b/d to 1.93 million b/d. Smaller decreases were seen from Kuwait, UAE, and Algeria.
OPEC said non-OPEC supply rose 520,000 b/d in July to average 64.49 million b/d, mainly driven by Canada, Norway, the US, OPEC NGLs, Ghana, Colombia, Brunei, and Congo, which partially offset declines in the UK, China, Mexico, and Azerbaijan.
OPEC revised down forecast non-OPEC oil supply growth for 2017 by 28,000 b/d to 780,000 b/d, representing total non-OPEC supply of 57.77 million b/d.
Global oil demand is projected to average 96.49 million b/d in 2017, with demand growth expected at 1.37 million b/d following an upward revision of 100,000 b/d mainly reflecting better-than-expected second-quarter data from regions in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OPEC says.
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AN - China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) is willing to invest $3 billion in its existing oil and gas operation in Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Sunday following a meeting with the Chinese in Abuja.
REUTERS - Production at Libya’s giant Sharara oil field was expected to fall by at least 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) on Saturday after two staff were abducted in an attack by an unknown group, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said.
IMF - Output grew by 3.8 percent in 2017, underpinned by a resilient non-hydrocarbon sector, with robust implementation of GCC-funded projects as well as strong activity in the financial, hospitality, and education sectors. The banking system remains stable with large capital buffers. Growth is projected to decelerate over the medium term.
IMF - Higher oil prices and short-term portfolio inflows have provided relief from external and fiscal pressures but the recovery remains challenging. Inflation declined to its lowest level in more than two years. Real GDP expanded by 2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of last year. However, activity in the non-oil non-agricultural sector remains weak as lower purchasing power weighs on consumer demand and as credit risk continues to limit bank lending.