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OPEC Plus Oversupply

In the energy sector, oversupply is an excessive amount of crude oil and natural gas in the market.

In July 2021, as economies began recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, OPEC plus agreed to increase oil production as a way of mitigating rising gas prices and easing the demand-to-production ratio. This came after the initial agreement between OPEC and its allies was denied, leading to a spike in oil prices.

Key fact: In 2021, U.S. oil prices reached their highest level in six years, with West Texas Intermediate prices rising 2.3% to nearly $77.62 per barrel

According to the new agreement, 400,000 barrels of oil will be returned to the market per day from August to December, increasing the global supply by 2%.

But concerns have been mounting over the pickup of this oversupply. The U.S. government data and the U.S. Energy Information Administration revealed that crude stockpiles were declining rapidly, while the demand for gas was also lagging behind. This has put pressure back on oil prices even though oil production continues to rise.

Key fact: Gas stocks increased by around one million barrels, while expectations were for a 1.8 million barrel drop


  • Lowers gas prices

  • Eases demand-to-production ratio

Learn more insights by browsing our resource centre and learn more about digital trends shaping operator responses to the coming hydrocarbon boom and energy transition in the Innovation Forecast in Energy.

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