IEA oil consumption forecast

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A modest rise in consumption for next year means the Saudis/OPEC remain firmly in control of price.

Global oil consumption is likely to average 86.1 million barrels a day in 2010, the IEA said in an Oct. 9 monthly report, raising next year’s forecast for a third consecutive month. The agency expects demand of 84.6 million barrels a day this year. The IEA’s next monthly report will be issued on Nov. 12.

It will be up to members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to satisfy the bulk of the world’s increasing need for oil as conventional production in countries outside the group peaks next year, the IEA said.

“Most of the increase in output would need to come from OPEC countries, which hold the bulk of remaining recoverable conventional oil resources,” the agency said in the report.