Oil Prices and Production Surged, OPEC Says Omicron Is Not Severe

19 January 2022
Global Trade Data

With the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, Omicron, the global economy and trade flows expect to be slumped like the year 2020. Several countries have again put restrictions on travel and public transport. However, among all this, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have raised the oil prices and production despite the situation.


According to the organization’s annual statistical bulletin of 2019, OPEC countries account for 79.4% of world proven oil reserves, amounting to 64.5% of oil reserves alone in the Middle East among all OPEC countries. Countries such as Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq are one of the top countries among OPEC with the highest share of crude oil barrels.

 

Crude Oil Import-Export 2020


In 2020, the highest crude oil importing countries belonged to Asian and the European regions. Among Asian countries, China was the highest importing country for crude oil in 2020, followed by the United States and India.

 

Shown below are the approximate share values of the top 3 importing countries for crude oil in the year 2020, retrieved from Export Genius’s import-export database. India imported the highest value of crude oil in the first quarter of 2020, followed by China in all the consecutive quarters of the year 2020. Evaluate more closely the values shown below.


 

Top Crude Oil Importing Countries (2020)—Quarterly Values

Quarter

China

USA

India

Q1-2020

13.7

33.64

39.05

Q2-2020

34.97

18.42

12.87

Q3-2020

29.62

27.22

22.04

Q4-2020

21.71

20.7

18.68

 

 Among all the OPEC countries, Saudi Arabia has the highest crude oil exports volume. Shown below are Saudi Arabia crude oil exports for the year 2021 (Till September, as per available data) with their approximate share values for crude oil exports globally.

 

The highest global crude oil exports of Saudi Arabia occurred in January 2021 so far with an approximate share value of 15.57%, followed by August with an approximate share value of 13.9% and July with an approximate share value of 13.41% exports, as per our database.


 

Saudi Arabia Crude Oil Monthly Exports (Jan-Sep'21)

Month

Approx. Value USD (%)

January

15.57

February

5.86

March

10.41

April

10.33

May

8.98

June

10.36

July

13.41

August

13.9

September

11.18

 

 

OPEC and Russia Decision

The forecast for oil demand by OPEC registered the world consumption of oil is about 99.13 million barrels per day for the initial three months of 2022 year. The increase in forecast recorded a surge by 1.1 million barrels from its previous month’s forecast by the organization.

 

On December 2, 2021, Russia, the current largest exporter of crude oil, made a decision along with OPEC, to keep producing the quota of oil, with an increase of 400,000 barrels per day for the month of January in 2022. The current quote is increased by another 400,000 barrels per day for February 2022.

 

Recent reports indicate that OPEC and Russian oil producers groups have increased their production and pushed the prices of oil higher. The authorities claim that the Omicron variant does not have such devastating effects as its predecessor variants does in the world, implying not to fall on the brink of having oil supply shortages.

Is this article helpful. Share with others!   

Add Comments


Request a Demo close modal

Get global trade data online at your fingertips!

Copyright © 2021 Export Genius. All rights reserved