Research and Markets: Libya Oil and Gas Report Q2 2010

DUBLIN, May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8e184b/libya_oil_and_gas) has announced the addition of the "Libya Oil and Gas Report Q2 2010" report to their offering.

Libya Oil and Gas Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, oil and gas associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Libya's oil and gas industry.

The latest Libya Oil & Gas Report from BMI forecasts that the country will account for 7.74% of African regional oil demand by 2014, while providing 16.07% of supply. African regional oil use of 2.93mn barrels per day (b/d) in 2001 rose to an estimated 3.57mn b/d in 2009. It should average 3.63mn b/d in 2010 and then rise to around 4.08mn b/d by 2014. Regional oil production was 7.77mn b/d in 2001, and in 2009 averaged an estimated 9.64mn b/d. It is set to rise to 11.83mn b/d by 2014. Oil exports are growing steadily, because demand growth is lagging the pace of supply expansion. In 2001, the region was exporting an average 4.83mn b/d. This total had risen to an estimated 6.07mn b/d in 2009 and is forecast to reach 7.75mn b/d by 2014.

In terms of natural gas, the region in 2009 consumed an estimated 123bn cubic metres (bcm), with demand of 194bcm targeted for 2014. Production of an estimated 248bcm in 2009 should reach 385bcm in 2014, which implies net exports rising from 125bcm in 2009 to 191bcm by the end of the period. In 2009, Libya consumed an estimated 5.44% of the regions gas, with its market share forecast at 4.08% by 2014. It contributed 7.27% to estimated 2009 regional gas production and by 2014 will account for 9.09% of supply.

For 2009 as a whole, we have assumed an average OPEC basket price of US$60.70 per barrel (bbl), a 35.5% decline year-on-year (y-o-y). For 2010, we expect to see a significant oil price recovery to US$83.00/bbl for the OPEC basket price, gaining further ground to US$85.00 in 2011 and to US$90.00/bbl in 2012 and beyond.

In 2010, BMI is now forecasting premium unleaded gasoline prices at an average US$97.00, up from US$70.22/bbl in 2009. We are assuming an average global jet fuel price for 2010 of US$97.58/bbl, compared with US$70.63 in 2009. For gasoil, the 2010 price estimate is for an average of US$97.40/bbl, compared with US$70.50 in 2009. The FY10 naphtha price average, estimated at US$81.58/bbl compares with US$59.07 in FY09.

Libyan real GDP is assumed by BMI to have fallen by 2.0% in 2009, compared with 6.1% growth in 2008. We are assuming average annual growth of 6.0% in 2010-2014.

We expect oil demand to rise from an estimated 268,000b/d in 2009 to 320,000b/d in 2014. State-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) accounts for some 40% of oil production and all gas production, but it has a growing number of international oil company (IOC) partners contributing to a forecast rise in oil production from an estimated 1.69mn b/d in 2009 to 1.90mn b/d by 2014. The state itself has far more ambitious volume goals that may be frustrated by OPEC quota policy. Gas production should reach 35.0bcm by 2014, up from an estimated 18.0bcm in 2009.

Consumption is expected to rise from around 6.7bcm to 7.9bcm by the end of the forecast period, allowing exports of 27.1bcm.

Between 2009 and 2019, we are forecasting an increase in Libyan oil and gas liquids production of 47.9%, with volumes rising steadily to 2.50mn b/d by the end of the 10-year forecast period. Oil consumption between 2009 and 2019 is set to increase by 42.4%, with growth slowing to an assumed 4.0% per annum towards the end of the period and the country using 390,000b/d by 2019. Gas production is expected to rise to 55bcm by the end of the period. With demand rising by 43.8% between 2009 and 2019, there should be export potential increasing to around 45bcm, via pipeline and in the form of LNG. Details of BMIs 10-year forecasts can be found in the appendix to this report.

Libya continues to occupy first place, above Gabon, in BMIs updated and enlarged Upstream Business Environment rating, with a comfortable margin over its nearest rival of three points. The countrys score benefits from its proven oil reserves and a region-topping oil reserves-to-production ratio (RPR). The competitive landscape features numerous non-state companies, while licensing terms are generally good. However, country risk factors undermine some of the hydrocarbons-specific strength. The country is in the middle of the league table in BMIs Downstream Business Environment rating, with a few high scores but near-term progress up the rankings unlikely. It is ranked sixth thanks to poor country risk factors, a largely state-controlled industry and moderate oil and gas demand growth prospects.

Companies Mentioned: National Oil Corporation (NOC) Eni North Africa Total Libya OMV of Libya Repsol YPF Libya BP ExxonMobil Tatneft Occidental Petroleum ConocoPhillips Marathon Oil BG Group Hess Woodside Petroleum Chevron Statoil Royal Dutch Shell Suncor PGNiG Gazprom RWE Verenex Energy For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8e184b/libya_oil_and_gas SOURCE: Research and Markets CONTACT: Research and Markets Laura Wood, Senior Manager, press@researchandmarkets.com U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907 Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716 Copyright Business Wire 2010 -0- KEYWORD: Libyan Arab Jamahiriya