Global energy investment will fall by $400bn in 2020, the biggest drop in the sector's history

Published: 5 June 2020 - 5:45 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

The International Energy Agency has said that global energy investment will fall by almost $400 billion in 2020 compared to last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the pandemic, the global energy investment was on track for 2% growth, but now it fall by 20%.

IEA is also forecasting that oil demand could drop by 9 million barrels per day by 2025.

Global investment in the energy sector is expected to plunge by almost $400 billion in 2020 compared to last year as the pandemic takes a beating on the energy sector, the International Energy Agency warned on Wednesday.

Before the pandemic, the global energy investor sector was on track for growth of around 2% which would have been its largest annual rise in spending in six years.

But now investment is expected to fall by 20%, some $400 billion.

In its World Energy Investment 2020 report, the IEA said: "The worldwide economic shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is having widespread and often dramatic effects on investments in the energy sector."

The IEA said lower investment in energy comes from two main factors. Spending cuts due to a hit in demand and earnings and "practical disruption to investment activity" caused by lockdown and restrictions on the movement of goods and people.

If current oil investment stays at 2020 levels then this would reduce the previously-expected level of supply in 2025 by almost 9 million barrels a day, the IEA said.

The IEA also noted that many national oil companies are "desperately short of funding,"

Mobility and aviation are leading the drop in oil investment which account for 60% of global oil demand.

The IEA said global oil demand was down by about 25 million barrels per day in April when more than 4 billion people around the world were under some form of lockdown.

For the entire year, oil demand could drop by 9 million barrels per day and return to 2012 levels, the IEA said.

Global investment in oil and gas is expected to fall by almost one-third in 2020, meaning almost $132 billion could be lost in the sector.

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