Goldman Sachs expects oil demand to keep growing until 2034

Goldman Sachs raised its global oil demand forecast for 2030 on Monday and expects consumption to peak by 2034 on a potential slowdown in electric vehicle (EV) adoption, keeping refineries running at higher-than-average rates till the end of this decade.

The research division of the bank raised its 2030 crude oil demand forecast to 10.85 crore barrels per day (bpd) from 10.6 crore bpd and expects demand to peak at 11 crore bpd in 2034, followed by a long plateau till 2040, analysts led by Nikhil Bhandari said in a report.

Why it is important

A longer period of oil demand growth could boost incomes of producers like the members of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+, and also increase climate-warming emissions from fossil fuels.

Key quotes

“We expect peak oil demand to occur by 2034 at 110 million bpd; subsequently, we project a moderate compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) demand decline of 0.3 per cent till 2040,” Goldman said, as EV sales stagnated recently.

Emerging markets in Asia will likely fuel the majority of global oil demand growth up until 2040, with China and India being the key contributors, it said.

Meanwhile, the duration of the global refining upcycle could be longer than investors currently anticipate, as global refining utilisation could remain well above historical average levels over 2024-2027.

“We are more constructive on middle distillates (diesel/jet fuel) over gasoline, as the incremental supply growth for middle distillates lags behind demand growth more significantly over 2024-27, partly due to the later demand peak we expect for middle distillates (mid-2030s) than gasoline (2028),” it said.

Context

EV sales have cooled in recent months after rising dramatically for several years, as consumers wait for more affordable models to hit the market.

Earlier this month, the International Energy Agency, which expects global oil demand to peak before 2030, trimmed its forecast for this year by 140,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 0.11 crore bpd, widening the gap with producer group OPEC.



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