Forecast Highlights

Release Date: July 9, 2019

  • Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $64 per barrel (b) in June, $7/b lower than in May 2019 and $10/b lower than the price in June of last year. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts Brent spot prices will average $67/b in the second half of 2019 and remain at that level in 2020. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average $62/b in the second half of 2019 and $63/b in 2020. EIA’s forecast WTI price of $63/b for December 2019 should be considered in the context of NYMEX WTI futures and options contract values for December 2019 delivery that traded during the five-day period ending July 3, 2019. These contracts suggest a range of $40/b to $84/b encompasses the market expectation for December NYMEX WTI prices at the 95% confidence level
  • EIA forecasts global oil inventories will increase by 0.1 million barrels per day (b/d) in both 2019 and 2020. Rising global oil inventories largely reflect an increasingly weak outlook for global oil demand in 2019. EIA forecasts global oil demand will rise by 1.1 million b/d in 2019, 0.2 million b/d less than forecast in the June STEO. In 2020, EIA expects demand growth to average 1.4 million b/d.
  • EIA estimates that U.S. crude oil production averaged 11.0 million b/d in 2018, up 1.6 million b/d from 2017, achieving a record high for total production and year-over-year growth. EIA forecasts U.S. crude oil production will average 12.4 million b/d in 2019 and 13.3 million b/d in 2020, with most of the growth coming from the Permian region of Texas and New Mexico.
  • U.S. regular gasoline retail prices averaged $2.72 gallon (gal) in June, down 14 cents/gal from May. EIA expects monthly average gasoline prices peaked for the year in May at an average of $2.86/gal. EIA expects regular gasoline retail prices to average $2.65/gal in 2019 and $2.76/gal in 2020.
  • EIA forecasts that U.S. crude oil and petroleum product net imports will average 0.6 million b/d in 2019, down from an average of 2.3 million b/d in 2018. EIA forecasts the United States will be a net exporter of crude oil and petroleum products at a rate of 0.1 million b/d by the fourth quarter of 2019 and by an average of 0.5 million b/d in 2020.
  • EIA forecasts that U.S. dry natural gas production will average 91.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2019, up 8.0 Bcf/d from the previous record in 2018. EIA expects annual average U.S. natural gas production will rise by 1.4 Bcf/d in 2020.
  • EIA forecasts that Henry Hub natural gas spot prices will average $2.50 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in the second half of 2019 and $2.77/MMBtu in 2020. EIA’s forecast for the second half of 2019 is 29 cents/MMBtu lower than forecast in the June STEO. The lower forecast reflects recent price declines and EIA’s updated assessment of U.S. drilling activity and average well productivity. EIA’s forecast for the average Henry Hub price for December 2019 of $2.80/MMBtu should be considered in the context of NYMEX Henry Hub futures and options contract values for December 2019 delivery that traded during the five-day period ending July 3, 2019. These contracts suggest a range of $1.64/MMBtu to $4.03/MMBtu encompasses the market expectation for December Henry Hub natural gas prices at the 95% confidence level.