Oil industry needs $10.6 trillion investment up to 2040

Upstream sector requires $8.1 trillion, while downstream and midstream need $1.4 trillion and $1 trillion between 2018-2040

Nearly $10.6 trillion of investment will be needed globally to sustain projected oil supply requirements over the period from 2019 up to 2040, according to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) World Oil Outlook 2040 published on Tuesday. Global oil upstream investments required over the period 2018–2040 are estimated at $8.1 trillion, OPEC said, adding that most of this would be in non-OPEC countries. Another $1 trillion is seen as required in the midstream sector while global downstream investments are estimated at around or slightly above $1.4 trillion. Total primary energy demand is expected to increase by 25% between 2018 and 2040 with renewables leading the way in terms of growth. OPEC suggests that oil and gas are still forecast to meet more than 50% of the world’s energy needs by the end of the forecast period. 

Oil demand

According to the OPEC report, from the perspective of oil demand, and given recent signs of stress in the global economy, in the short- and medium-term, the outlook for global oil demand has been lowered slightly this year to 110.6 million barrels per day (mb/d) by 2040.

In the long-term, demand for OPEC liquids will rise to 44.4 mb/d by 2040, OPEC predicted. In terms of trade, global crude oil and condensate trade is estimated to remain relatively static at around 38 mb/d between 2018 and 2025, before increasing thereafter to around 42 mb/d by 2040.