List of countries by natural gas proven reserves

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World natural gas proved reserves 1960-2012 (OPEC)
Trends in the five countries with largest proved reserves of natural gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration

This is a list of countries by natural gas proven reserves based on The World Factbook (when no citation is given).[1] or other authoritative third-party sources (as cited). Based on data from BP, at the end of 2009 proved gas reserves were dominated by three countries:Iran, Russia, and Qatar, which together held nearly half the world's proven reserves.[2]

There is some disagreement on which country has the largest proven gas reserves. Sources that consider that Russia has by far the largest proven reserves include the US CIA (47.6 trillion cubic meters),[3] the US Energy Information Administration (47.8 tcm),[4] and OPEC (48.7 tcm).[5] However, BP credits Russia with only 32.9 tcm,[6] which would place it in second place, slightly behind Iran (33.1 to 33.8 tcm, depending on the source).

Due to constant announcements of shale gas recoverable reserves, as well as drilling in Central Asia, South America and Africa, deepwater drilling, estimates are undergoing frequent updates, mostly increasing. Since 2000, some countries, notably the US and Canada, have seen large increases in proved gas reserves due to development of shale gas, but shale gas deposits in most countries are yet to be added to reserve calculations.

Rank Country/Region Natural gas
proven reserves
(m³)
Date of
information
Total  World 187,300,000,000,000
1  Russia 48,700,000,000,000 12 June 2013 est.[7]
2  Iran (see: Natural gas reserves in Iran) 33,600,000,000,000 12 June 2013 est.[8]
3  Qatar 25,100,000,000,000 12 June 2013 est.[9]
4  Turkmenistan 17,500,000,000,000 12 June 2013 est.[10]
5  United States 9,460,000,000,000 12 December 2013[11]
6  Saudi Arabia 8,200,000,000,000 1 January 2012 est.[12]
7  Venezuela 5,524,500,000,000 19 July 2011[13]
8  Nigeria 5,246,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
9  Algeria 4,502,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
10  Australia 3,825,000,000,000 1 January 2012 est.[12]
11  Iraq 3,600,000,000,000 1 January 2012 est.[12]
12  China (see: Natural gas in China) 3,100,000,000,000 1 January 2012 est.[12]
13  Indonesia 3,001,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
14  Kazakhstan 1,900,000,000,000 12 June 2013 est.[10]
15  Malaysia 2,350,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
16  Norway 2,313,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
17  United Arab Emirates 2,250,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
18  Uzbekistan 1,841,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
19  Kuwait 1,798,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
20  Canada (see: Natural gas in Canada) 1,754,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
21  Egypt 1,656,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
22  Libya 1,539,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
23  Netherlands 1,416,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
24  Ukraine 1,104,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
25  India 1,075,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
26  Oman 849,500,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
27  Azerbaijan 849,500,000,000 1 January 2011 est.[1]
28  Pakistan 840,200,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
29  Lebanon 750,400,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
30  Romania 726,000,000,000 1 January 2013 est.
31  Vietnam 680,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
32  Yemen 478,500,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
33  Trinidad and Tobago 436,100,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
34  Argentina 398,400,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
35  Brunei 390,800,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
36  Brazil 364,200,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
37  Mexico 359,700,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
38  Thailand 342,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
39  Peru 334,100,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
40  United Kingdom 292,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
41  Burma 283,200,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
42  Angola 271,800,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
26  Israel 1,100,000,000,000 1 January 2014 est.[14]
44  Syria 240,700,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
45  Papua New Guinea 226,500,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
46  Timor-Leste 200,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
47  Bangladesh 195,400,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
48  Germany 175,600,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
49  Ghana 165,000,000,000 13 May 2013 est.[15]
50  Poland 164,800,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
51  Cameroon 135,100,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
52  Mozambique 127,400,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
53  Colombia 112,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
54  Philippines 108,700,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
55  Chile 97,970,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
56  Bahrain 92,030,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
57  Congo, Republic of the 90,610,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
58  Sudan 84,950,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
59  Cuba 70,790,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
60  Italy 69,830,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
61  Tunisia 65,130,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
62  Namibia 62,290,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
63  Denmark 61,300,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
64  Rwanda 56,630,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
65  Korea, South 50,000,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
66  Afghanistan 49,550,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
67  Serbia 48,140,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
68  Equatorial Guinea 36,810,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
69  New Zealand 33,980,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
70  Croatia 30,580,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
71  Cote d'Ivoire 28,320,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
72  Mauritania 28,320,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
73  Gabon 28,320,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
74  Ethiopia 24,920,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
75  Austria 24,800,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
76  Japan 20,900,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
77  Slovakia 14,160,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
78  Ireland 9,911,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
79  Georgia 8,495,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
80  Hungary 8,098,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
81  Ecuador 7,985,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
82  France 7,079,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
83  Tanzania 6,510,000,000 1 January 2013 est.[16]
84  Taiwan 6,229,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
85  Turkey 6,088,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
86  Jordan 6,031,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
87  Bulgaria 5,663,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
88  Tajikistan 5,663,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
89  Somalia 5,663,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
90  Kyrgyzstan 5,663,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
91  Czech Republic 3,072,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
92  Guatemala 2,960,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
93  Belarus 2,832,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
94  Spain 2,548,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
95  Morocco 1,501,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
96  Benin 1,133,000,000 1 January 2010 est.
97  Congo, Democratic Republic of the 991,100,000 1 January 2010 est.
98  Greece 991,100,000 1 January 2010 est.
99  Albania 849,500,000 1 January 2010 est.
100  Barbados 113,300,000 1 January 2010 est.
101  South Africa 27,160,000 1 January 2006 est.
102  Macau 300,000 1 January 2008 est.
  • Star denotes includes "recoverable portion of shale reserves"

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