Oil market well-balanced, well-supplied: UAE minister

The world oil market is well-balanced and well-supplied, United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Mohammed al-Hamli said on Wednesday, adding his country plans to raise oil output capacity.

"The market is well-balanced. Maybe it's a little bit over-supplied, but generally it is well-supplied," Hamli told reporters on the sidelines of the first meeting between Arab and South American energy ministers.

"We keep monitoring the market all the time and right now, the market is capable of taking all we produce... there is no need to cut supplies," he said.

Hamli said his country is pumping 2.6 million barrels per day and plans to raise output capacity to 3.0 million bpd by the end of the year.

The minister said the world demand for oil is "in a good shape," adding that there will be an increase in demand this year but below the growth in 2012.

"Demand will depend on how the crisis is handled... It is coming mainly from Asian countries -- China and India and the Middle East," Hamli said.

He said UAE is looking to import LNG gas to meet the peak demand in the summer, but provided no further details on when the imports will begin.

Oil prices rebounded in Asian trade Wednesday on stronger US demand for heating oil but an impending showdown in the US Congress over the debt ceiling could limit gains.

New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in February was up 26 cents to $93.53 a barrel and Brent North Sea crude for February delivery climbed 36 cents to $110.66 in the afternoon.

The gains were driven by data showing better-than-expected demand for distillates, including heating oil, in the United States, said Victor Shum managing director of energy consultancy IHS Purvin and Gertz in Singapore.

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