Global energy balance
Hydrocarbon consumption, particularly oil and gas, forms the basis of the global economy. The decline in oil prices in
In 2015, overproduction continued to exert pressure on the global oil market. Oil prices increased over the first months of 2015, but then resumed their decline until almost the end of the year. For the year, Brent prices ultimately fell by a third — from USD 57 to USD 37 per barrel.
Reasons for continued low prices on hydrocarbon markets in 2015:
- Growth in oil production by OPEC countries
- Stable oil production outside of OPEC
- Risk of an economic downturn in Asia and around the world
- Fears about a shortage of oil storage facilities