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Adnoc CEO sees oil demand to grow over 105mbpd by 2030


The oil and gas industry is expected to play a vital role in the post-COVID recovery.

Abu Dhabi: Dr Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), on Monday said that we expect that oil demand will grow to over 105 million barrels per day by 2030, and continue to supply over half the world’s energy needs for many decades to come.

During his opening keynote address of the 36th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition Conference (ADIPEC), Al Jaber said that at the same time, the petrochemicals sector will continue to grow at a healthy pace through and beyond 2050, in line with a steadily expanding global middle class. These are long-term positive trends and they highlight the central role that our industry can and should play in a post-COVID recovery.

Dr Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Jaber called on the oil and gas industry to unite in driving the post-COVID recovery. Dr Al Jaber emphasised the importance of the oil and gas industry in enabling economic development in the post-COVID recovery by ensuring a steady and reliable supply of energy to power growth.

He highlighted the resilience of oil demand and stressed the need for the industry to balance caution with optimism, ensure business continuity and not lose sight of the long-term as we face the realities of a world turned inside out by the pandemic.

“For a start, we know the world will still need oil and gas when all of this is done. Even at the height of the lockdowns of March and April the world still consumed 75 million barrels of oil per day. In fact, by our estimates, oil demand fell below 90 million barrels of oil per day for only 12 weeks. So, we know the world still needs oil and gas. That is a fact,” Dr Al Jaber said.

He added that the months ahead will be challenging and oil demand may fluctuate but the long-term fundamentals of the industry remain intact.

Dr Al Jaber added that despite the current challenges, there is an opportunity for the industry to examine how it can be more agile and reduce costs. He referenced the transformation Adnoc started four years ago which is centered on driving down costs and unlocking value across its portfolio and said he sees an opportunity to accelerate the progress by leveraging technology.

“For example, take the way we have doubled down on embedding the latest digital technologies throughout our operations. We have saved over $1 billion in the last four years by leveraging big data through our Panorama command center. We have captured an additional $2 billion by adopting digital drilling. And, together with the artificial intelligence specialists G42, we’ve formed AIQ - a company specially formed to develop efficient AI solutions for the energy industry.”

There are also opportunities to maximise value in this tough environment and Adnoc is taking advantage of the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s status as a trusted, business-friendly environment to complete several landmark transactions, Dr Al Jaber said. Adnoc’s multi-billion-dollar deals completed this year prove “the enduring, underlying value of our industry.”

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