Domestic oil product demand rebounds

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KUALA LUMPUR: The domestic oil product demand, except for the aviation sector, has rebounded amid the ongoing economic recovery efforts, according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Comparing the movement control order (MCO) 1.0 with MCO 3.0, the opening of several economic sub-sectors had also played a role in spurring oil demand, he said.

“The aggressive implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination programme has helped the economic activity recovery process in several countries.

“This will indirectly increase consumer confidence and at the same time bounce back oil demand, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

Mustapa said the total global crude oil demand is expected to increase to 94 million barrels per day in the second quarter of 2021 from 83 million barrels per day in the same period last year.

“On average, the price of Brent crude oil for the January-May 2021 period was US$63 (RM260.03) per barrel compared with US$40 (RM165.10) in the same period last year, ” he said.

Meanwhile, he said Malaysia welcomed the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and non-Opec countries (Opec+), to increase crude oil production gradually by two million barrels per day at an appropriate rate according to market conditions.He said Malaysia also welcomed Opec+’s decision to monitor the fundamentals of the oil market to ensure that the process to balance and stabilise the global oil market could be achieved.

Mustapa led the Malaysian delegation to the virtual 17th Opec+ meeting on Tuesday. — Bernama



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