Austrian energy group OMV sees hope for a recovery in oil prices in thesecond half of 2020 helped by increased fuel demand and output cuts by producers such as Saudi Arabia, its chief executive said.
The spread of the coronavirus has knocked global demand and weighed on crude prices and oil companies’ profits.
But the willingness of producers such as Saudi Arabia and Norway to drastically cut output shows oil prices have a chance to return to a reasonable level, OMV CEO Rainer Seele said.
“We therefore expect the oil price to gradually recover in the second half and to average $40 for the year,” Seele said in an interview with Reuters.
Gasoline and diesel consumption in Austria halved in April, but was back at 60 percent after all shops were allowed to reopen in early May and has hit 65 percent in the past few days, he said.