Demand for oil will surpass pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year as the global economy recovers, the International Energy Agency said on Friday, rejecting analysts’ predictions that the world’s oil usage has already peaked.
“Global oil demand is set to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022,” the IEA said in its monthly oil market report, predicting that demand will rise by 5.4 million barrels per day this year and an additional 3.1 million barrels next year to an average of 99.5 million barrels per day in 2022.
Oil demand plunged by a record 8.6 million barrels per day in 2020 as coronavirus lockdowns and travel bans destroyed demand.
Faced with this collapse, petroleum giant BP said in a September report that the world had reached “peak oil,” meaning that oil usage would never return to pre-pandemic levels. And in December, Bloomberg News declared, “Peak Oil Is Suddenly Upon Us.”
But the Paris-based IEA, which is an intergovernmental organization that includes the US, European Union and Japan, believes proponents of the peak oil theory spoke too soon.
Oil demand plunged by a historic 8.6 million barrels per day in 2020 as coronavirus lockdowns and travel bans