List of countries by natural gas proven reserves

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Countries by natural gas proven reserves (2014), based on data from The World Factbook.
oil and gas Industry Reserves by Nation
Countries by natural gas and oil proven reserves (2015)
World natural gas proven reserves 1960–2012 (OPEC)
Trends in the five countries with largest proven 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 (47600 cubic kilometers),[3] the US Energy Information Administration (49000 km³),[4] and OPEC (48810 km³).[5] However, BP credits Russia with only 32900 km³,[6] which would place it in second place, slightly behind Iran (33100 to 33800 km³, 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.

Data[edit]

Proven Reserves (km³)
Country U.S. EIA
(start of 2018)[7]
OPEC
(start of 2018)[8]
BP
(start of 2018)[9]
Other Production
(km³/year)
Years of
production
in reserve
 Russia (more) 47,805 50,617 35,000
 Iran (more) 33,721 33,810 33,200
 Qatar (more) 24,072 23,861 24,900
 United States (more) 15,484 9,067 8,700 [10]866 [11]18
 Saudi Arabia 9,200 8,715 8,000
 Turkmenistan 7,504 9,838 19,500
 United Arab Emirates 6,091 6,091 5,900
 Venezuela 5,740 5,707 6,400
 Nigeria (more) 5,475 5,627 5,200
 China (more) 5,440 2,934 5,500
 Algeria (more) 4,504 4,504 4,300
 Iraq 3,820 3,744 3,500
 Indonesia (more) 2,866 2,866 2,900
 Mozambique (more) 2,832
 Kazakhstan (more) 2,407 1,898 1,100
 Egypt (more) 2,186 2,221 1,800
 Canada (more) 2,056 2,059 1,900
 Australia (more) 1,989 3,173 3,600
 Uzbekistan 1,841 1,564 1,200
 Kuwait 1,784 1,784 1,700
 Norway (more) 1,782 2,314 1,700
 Libya 1,505 1,505 1,400
 India (more) 1,290 1,289 1,200
 Malaysia (more) 1,183 2,909 2,700
 Ukraine (more) 1,104 304 1,100
 Azerbaijan (more) 991 1,227 2,800
 Netherlands (more) 801 804 700
 Vietnam 699 203 600
 Oman 651 884 700
 Myanmar (more) 637 273 1,200
 Pakistan (more) 589 757 400
 Yemen (more) 479 300
 Morocco (more) 474 474
 Peru (more) 456 513 400
 Trinidad and Tobago 447 433 300
 Brazil (more) 377 325 400
 Argentina (more) 337 381 300
 Angola (more) 308 422
 Bolivia (more) 296 310 300
 Mexico 280 146 200
 Brunei 261 252
 Syria 241 300 300
 Papua New Guinea 211 200
 Thailand (more) 193 180 200
 Bangladesh (more) 186 346 200 [12]385
 Israel (more) 176 500
 United Kingdom (more) 176 269 200
 Cameroon (more) 135 152
 Colombia (more) 114 104 100
 Romania (more) 105 105 100
 Philippines 98.5
 Chile 98.0 5.30
 Bahrain 92.0 200
 Congo (more) 90.6 111
 Sudan (more) 85.0
 Poland (more) 79.8 56.3 100
 Cuba (more) 70.8
 Tunisia (more) 65.1
 Namibia 62.3
 Rwanda (more) 56.6
 Afghanistan (more) 49.6
 Serbia (more) 48.1
 Germany 39.5 39.6 100
 Italy 38.1 27.1 100
 Equatorial Guinea (more) 36.8 145
 New Zealand 33.7
 Ivory Coast 28.2
 Mauritania (more) 28.2
 Gabon (more) 28.2 25.5
 Croatia 24.9
 Ethiopia (more) 24.9
 Ghana 22.7
 Japan (more) 20.9
 Slovakia 14.2
 Uganda 14.2
 Denmark (more) 12.9 73.9 100
 Ecuador 10.9 5.4
 Ireland (more) 9.91
 Georgia 8.50
 France 8.41
 South Korea (more) 7.08
 Hungary (more) 6.60
 Austria 6.51
 Tanzania (more) 6.51
 Taiwan (more) 6.23
 Jordan (more) 6.03
 Bulgaria 5.66
 Somalia (more) 5.66
 Tajikistan 5.66
 Kyrgyzstan 5.66
 Turkey (more) 5.10
 Czech Republic 3.96 [13]0.229 [14]17
 Belarus (more) 2.83
 Spain 2.55
 Benin 1.13
 DR Congo 0.991
 Greece 0.991
 Albania 0.821
 Barbados 0.142
 Armenia (more) 18.0
 Slovakia [15]4
 South Africa (more) [16]3
 Moldova [17]20

Comparison of proven natural gas reserves from different sources (cubic kilometers, as of 31 December 2014/1 January 2015)

Source Canada Iran Russia Saudi Arabia United States Venezuela
BP[18] 2,000 34,000 32,800 8,200 9,800 5,600
OPEC[19] 2,028 34,020 49,541 8,489 9,580 5,617
U.S. Energy Information Administration[20] 2,535 42,426 59,619 10,393 10,441 6,960

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rank Order - Natural gas - proved reserves. Retrieved June 2014.
  2. ^ 2011 report on oil and gas companies, Promoting revenue Transparency Transparency International 2011 page reserves 113
  3. ^ Natural gas - proved reserves. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. ^ US Energy Information Administration, [1][permanent dead link]. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  5. ^ OPEC, Table 3.2 Natural gas proven reserves by country Archived 27 February 2018 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  6. ^ BP, BP Statistical Review of World Energy, June 2013. Archived 6 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics, accessed 17 Jan. 2019.
  8. ^ OPEC, Annual Statistical Bulletin 2018
  9. ^ BP, Statistical Review of World Energy, June 2018.
  10. ^ https://www.iea.org/reports/natural-gas-information-overview. 2018 data for clarity. Access date 01/17/2021.
  11. ^ https://www.iea.org/reports/natural-gas-information-overview. 2018 data for clarity. Access date 01/17/2021.
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/field/natural-gas-production/ access date - 01/17/2020
  14. ^ https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/field/natural-gas-production/ access date - 01/17/2020
  15. ^ ENI, World Gas and Renewables Review, 2018.
  16. ^ ENI, World Gas and Renewables Review, 2018.
  17. ^ ENI, World Gas and Renewables Review, 2018.
  18. ^ BP Statistical Review of World Energy, 2015
  19. ^ OPEC Statistical Bulletin, 2015.
  20. ^ International Data: Natural Gas Reserves, US EIA. Retrieved 3 July 2016.