List of countries by natural gas proven reserves

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Trends in the five countries with largest proven reserves of natural gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration
Countries by natural gas proven reserves (2014), based on data from CIA 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)

This list is based on CIA The World Factbook (when no citation is given).[1] or other authoritative third-party sources (as cited). Based on data from EIA, at the start of 2021, proved gas reserves were dominated by three countries: Iran, Russia, and Qatar.

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),[2] the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) (49000 km³),[3] and OPEC (48810 km3).[4] However, BP credits Russia with only 32900 km3,[5] 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]

* indicates "Natural gas in COUNTRY or TERRITORY" or "Natural resources of COUNTRY or TERRITORY" links.

Proven Reserves (km³)
Country U.S. EIA
(start of 2021)[6]
OPEC
(start of 2018)[7]
BP
(start of 2018)[8]
Other Production
km³/year
(in 2020)
[9]
Years of
production
in reserve[10]
 Russia * 47,798 50,617 35,000 624 77
 Iran * 33,980 33,810 33,200 238 (2019) 143
 Qatar * 23,871 23,861 24,900 167 (2019) 143
 Saudi Arabia 15,910 (2022) 8,715 8,000 114 140
 United States * 13,167 (2020) 9,067 8,700 947 14
 Turkmenistan * 11,326 9,838 19,500 84 (2019) 135
 China * 6,654 2,934 5,500 179 (2019) 37
 United Arab Emirates * 6,088 6,091 5,900 63 97
 Nigeria * 5,748 5,627 5,200 5,932[11] 46 (2019) 125
 Venezuela * 5,663 5,707 6,400 23 (2019) 246
 Algeria * 4,502 4,504 4,300 88 (2019) 51
 Iraq * 3,738 3,744 3,500 11 (2019) 340
 Australia * 3,228 3,173 3,600 146 (2019) 22
 Mozambique * 2,832 5 (2019) 566
 Canada * 2,067 2,059 1,900 179 (2019) 12
 Uzbekistan * 1,841 1,564 1,200 47 (2019) 39
 Kazakhstan * 1,840 1,898 1,100 26 (2019) 71
 Egypt * 1,784 2,221 1,800 77 (2019) 23
 Kuwait * 1,784 1,784 1,700 20 (2019) 89
 Azerbaijan * 1,699 1,227 2,800 23 (2019) 74
 Norway * 1,557 2,314 1,700 112 14
 Libya 1,501 1,505 1,400 11(2019) 136
 Indonesia * 1,415 2,866 2,900 63 22
 India * 1,388 1,289 1,200 28 50
 Malaysia * 1,189 2,909 2,700 75 (2019) 16
 Ukraine * 1,104 304 1,100 20 (2019) 55
 Vietnam * 708 203 600 8 (2019) 88
 Oman * 651 884 700 37 (2019) 18
 Myanmar * 651 273 1,200 18 (2019) 36
 Pakistan * 595 757 400 38 (2019) 16
 Yemen * 481 300 0.09 (2019) 5,344
 Argentina * 396 381 300 41 10
 Brazil * 368 325 400 25 (2019) 15
 Angola * 339 422 7 (2019) 48
 Peru * 311 513 400 12 26
 Trinidad and Tobago * 311 433 300 31 10
 Bolivia * 311 310 300 15 (2019) 21
 Congo * 283 111 1.4 (2019) 202
 Brunei * 261 252 12 22
 Syria 241 300 300 4 (2019) 60
 Papua New Guinea 184 200 12 15
 Mexico 181 146 200 27 (2019) 7
 United Kingdom * 181 269 200 40 (2019) 5
 Israel * 176 500 10 (2019) 18
 Thailand * 139 180 200 38 (2019) 4
 Equatorial Guinea * 139 145 5 (2019) 28
 Cameroon * 135 152 3 (2019) 45
 Netherlands * 133 804 700 33 (2019) 4
 Bangladesh * 127 346 200 [12] 385 29 (2019) 4
 Romania * 105 105 100 10 (2019) 10
 Philippines 99 4 (2019) 25
 Chile * 99 5.30 1 99
 Poland * 90 56.3 100 5.66 16
 Colombia * 88 104 100 11 8
 Sudan * 85 0 -
 Bahrain * 82 200 18 (2019) 5
 Cuba * 71 1 (2019) 71
 Tunisia * 65 1 (2019) 65
 Namibia 62 0 -
 Rwanda * 57 0 -
 Afghanistan * 51 0.08 638
 Serbia * 48 0.45 (2019) 107
 Italy * 45 27.1 100 4 11
 New Zealand * 31 5 6
 Ivory Coast * 28 2.44 11
 Mauritania * 28 0 -
 Denmark * 28 73.9 100 1.3 22
 Gabon * 26 25.5 0.31 (2019) 84
 Croatia 25 0.85 29
 Ethiopia * 25 0 -
 Georgia 8.5+16 [13] 8.5 0.02 (2019) 1,225
 Germany 23 39.6 100 5 (2019) 5
 Ghana 23 1.56 (2019) 15
 Japan * 20 1.93 10
 Moldova - [14] 20 0.006 (2019) 3,333
 Slovakia 14 0.06 233
 Uganda 14 0 -
 Ecuador 11 5.4 0.34 (2019) 32
 Ireland * 11 2.66 (2019) 4
 South Korea * 8.5 0.24 (2019) 35
 Austria 5.66 0.93 (2019) 6
 Tanzania * 5.66 1.39 (2019) 4
 Taiwan * 5.66 0.15 (2019) 38
 Jordan * 5.66 0.12 (2019) 47
 Bulgaria 5.66 0.06 94
 Somalia * 5.66 0 -
 Tajikistan 5.66 0.02 (2019) 283
 Kyrgyzstan 5.66 0.03 (2019) 189
 Albania 5.66 0.04 (2019) 142
 South Africa * - [15] 3 1.22 (2019) 2
 Turkey * 2.83 650TPAO estimate 0.48 (2019) 6
 Czech Republic 2.83 0.19 15
 Belarus * 2.83 2.4 (2019) 1.2
 Hungary * 2.8 1.7 1.6
 Spain 2.55 0.06 42
 Morocco * 1.44 474 0.1 (2019) 14
 Benin 1.13 0 -
 DR Congo 0.99 0 -
 Greece 0.99 0.01 99
 Barbados 0.11 0.02 (2019) 6
 Armenia * 0 18.0 0 -

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[16] 2,000 34,000 32,800 8,200 9,800 5,600
OPEC[17] 2,028 34,020 49,541 8,489 9,580 5,617
U.S. Energy Information Administration[18] 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. ^ Natural gas - proved reserves. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. ^ US Energy Information Administration, [1][permanent dead link]. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  4. ^ OPEC, Table 3.2 Natural gas proven reserves by country Archived 27 February 2018 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  5. ^ BP, BP Statistical Review of World Energy, June 2013. Archived 6 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics, accessed 17 Jan. 2019.
  7. ^ OPEC, Annual Statistical Bulletin 2018
  8. ^ BP, Statistical Review of World Energy, June 2018.
  9. ^ "International - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)". www.eia.gov. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  10. ^ (EIA Reserves and Production)
  11. ^ "Nigeria's gas reserve hits 209.5tcf". 2 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Bapex pins hopes on new gas field in Bhola".
  13. ^ "A field of natural gas discovered near Tbilisi". 11 July 2022.
  14. ^ ENI, World Gas and Renewables Review, 2018.
  15. ^ ENI, World Gas and Renewables Review, 2018.
  16. ^ BP Statistical Review of World Energy, 2015
  17. ^ OPEC Statistical Bulletin, 2015.
  18. ^ International Data: Natural Gas Reserves, US EIA. Retrieved 3 July 2016.