04:39 GMT14 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The global oil demand is forecast to bounce back to the levels of 2019 only by 2023 after it experienced a huge decline last year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.

    The oil demand worldwide plummeted by 9 million barrels a day (mbd) in 2020 as the air traffic across the world was largely suspended, while the other movements were restricted to curb the outbreak of the virus.

    "Global oil demand, still reeling from the effects of the pandemic, is unlikely to catch up with its pre-Covid trajectory. In 2020, the start of our forecast period, oil demand was nearly 9 mb/d below the level seen in 2019, and it is not expected to return to that level before 2023," the IEA said in the Oil 2021 report.

    The oil demand in 2019 amounted to 99.7 mbd, while in 2020 it shrank to 91 mbd and this year is expected to rebound to 96.5 mbd, according to the IEA estimations.

    "As a result, by 2026, global oil consumption is projected to reach 104.1 mb/d. This would represent an increase of 4.4 mb/d from 2019 levels. Oil demand in 2025 is set to be 2.5 mb/d lower than was forecast a year ago in our Oil 2020 report," the report read.

    The demand growth in the coming years would be largely driven by Asian countries such as India and China, while the consumption in the Western countries is unlikely to return to pre-crisis levels.

    The aviation sector’s demand, which was hit the most by the pandemic, is expected to recover only by 2024 as business travel is forecast to remain limited, the IEA underlined.

    At the same time, the global gasoline consumption is unlikely to ever return to pre-crisis levels and is forecast to fall by 690,000 barrels a day through 2026, to 25.9 mbd.

    economics, COVID-19, forecast, demand, oil, IEA
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