OPEC: 8 challenges ahead for the oil industry

OPEC: 8 challenges ahead for the oil industry
OPEC: 8 challenges ahead for the oil industry

TheOrganization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stressed that thereare eight major challenges coming in the oil industry in addition to many othercomplex factors affecting the market, most notably: climate change, energypoverty, trade disputes, geopolitical factors, lower economic growth, policieschange, escalating population growth, and economic sanctions, considering thatthese and other factors will continue to strongly influence over the coming period.

A recent report, prepared by OPEC, on the outcome of the dialogue withChina in Vienna at its third session shows that producers need to early prepare forall challenges and be prepared for all eventualities, noting that they can onlydo this together as partners who can communicate quickly and frankly when difficultsituations arise.

Maintaining communication channels at all times and sharing facts and data regularly reduces the impact of any eventuality, noting that this is the only way forward in an industry that has become increasingly interconnected over time, and no one can bear the difficulties alone, according to the report.

OPEC & China Partnership

Thereport explains that OPEC's growing partnership with China represents a win-winsituation not only for both sides but for the oil market and the entire worldeconomy, referring to OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo's saying: "Icannot stress enough the importance of our dialogue in shaping future decisionson production as well as investment".

"Therapid development of China, over the past few decades, is remarkable, atestament to China's creativity, hard work, and determination for development,"the report adds.

In order to continue to do well in OPEC, which is to balance the oil market for the benefit of producers, consumers, the global economy, and the future development of mankind, the industry needs reliable and timely data and statistics, the report says, stressing the importance of China's role and its tremendous impact on global energy developments.

Expectations about Increase Demand

Energydemand is expected to increase 33% from 2015 to 2040, with about 95% of thisdemand coming from Asian countries led by India and China, the report says.

Thereport stresses that oil will remain the largest share of the energy mix by2040, by about 28%, and together, oil and gas are expected to account for morethan 50% of global energy needs.

Global demand is expected to grow by 14.5 million bpd to reach 112 million bpd by 2040. Land transport will continue to be one of the main drivers of oil demand, even taking into account efficiency advances, tighter emission policies, and the growth of electric vehicles.

Thereport gives a greater weight to the total stockpiles of cars growth by 1.1billion between 2017 and 2040 to reach 2.4 billion, explaining that electriccars will account for only 13% of the total fleet by 2040, predicting thelargest growth in oil demand will come from the petrochemical sector.

The report notes that the outlook for the petroleum sector is very bright, and that the oil industry also has a responsibility to be part of the solution to the climate change challenge and that they must be more than just a stable energy supplier.

Need to invest $11tn

Thereport notes that OPEC estimates that investments of $11tn are needed in theindustry to address disparities in demand and supply expectations, referringthat market fluctuations, geopolitical interventions and, more recently, thediscriminatory nature of policies against oil and gas are the most detrimentalfactors that discourage investment in the sector.

Thereport quotes Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft as saying that the fossil fuelfilter has zero climate impact, and advises investors to support technologythat helps reduce emissions, pointing out that those who want to change theworld is better to put their money and energy behind the technologies that slowdown carbon emissions.

Themarket is awaiting the release of OPEC's annual report next month, which isexpected to include positive data on supply, demand and inventories, and thecommitment of producers to match the high plan to reduce oil supply next year.

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