EIA expects Brent prices will average $71 per barrel in 2018 before declining to $68 per barrel in 2019.
In the June 2018 update of its Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the U.S. Energy Information Administration
(EIA) forecasts Brent crude oil prices will
average $71 per barrel (b) in 2018 and $68/b in 2019. The new 2019 forecast price is $2/b higher than in the May STEO. The increase reflects global oil markets balances that EIA expects to be tighter than previously forecast because of lowered expected production growth from both the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the United States. Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $77/b in May, an increase of $5/b from April and the highest monthly average price since November 2014. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average almost $7/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and $6/b lower than Brent prices in 2019