File photo taken on March 12, 2019 shows operating oil pumps in Luling of Texas, the United States. U.S. oil prices turned negative on April 20, 2020. West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery shed more than 300 percent to settle at -37.63 U.S. dollars per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)
(Xinhua/Wang Ying)

OPEC + raised its forecast for growth in oil demand in 2021 to 6 million barrels per day, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said.

“As part of our session, forecasts for the growth of oil demand in the world were raised; in general, this demand [growth], according to our estimates, will amount to 6 million barrels per day in 2021,” he said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 broadcaster, indicating that at the beginning of the year, the alliance expected an increase in demand in 2021 of 5-5.5 million barrels per day.

Novak also said that the recovery in the consumption of oil and petroleum products in the world is going at a fairly rapid pace as the vaccination rolls out around the world. In particular, air transportation has now reached 65-70 percent of the pre-crisis level, road transportation recovered to the pre-crisis level, and in Russia it even grew 3-5 percent to the pre-crisis level.

“The number of administered vaccine doses reached 1.9 billion. This is a significant figure, which allows us to be optimistic about the fact that lockdowns, restrictions will be removed, and demand growth will recover,” the deputy prime minister said.

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