List of countries by natural gas proven reserves

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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
Countries by natural gas proven reserves (2014), based on data from The World Factbook.

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 (49 tcm),[4] and OPEC (48.81 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.

Proven Reserves (Billion m³) U.S. EIA (start of 2018)[7] OPEC (start of 2018)[8] BP (start of 2018)[9] Other
Country Rank Reserves Rank Reserves Rank Reserves Source/Date Reserves
 Russia 1 47,805 1 50,617 1 35,000
 Iran (see: Natural gas reserves in Iran) 2 33,721 2 33,810 2 33,200
 Qatar 3 24,072 3 23,861 3 24,900
 United States (see: Natural gas in the United States) 4 15,484 5 9,067 5 8,700
 Saudi Arabia 5 8,619 6 8,715 6 8,000
 Turkmenistan 6 7,504 4 9,838 4 19,500
 United Arab Emirates 7 6,091 7 6,091 8 5,900
 Venezuela 8 5,740 8 5,707 7 6,400
 Nigeria 9 5,475 9 5,627 10 5,200
 China (see: Natural gas in China) 10 5,440 13 2,934 9 5,500
 Algeria 11 4,504 10 4,504 11 4,300
 Iraq 12 3,820 11 3,744 13 3,500
 Indonesia 13 2,866 15 2,866 14 2,900
 Mozambique 14 2,832
 Kazakhstan 15 2,407 19 1,898 1,100
 Egypt 16 2,186 17 2,221 17 1,800
 Canada (see: Natural gas in Canada) 17 2,056 18 2,059 16 1,900
 Australia 18 1,989 12 3,173 12 3,600
 Uzbekistan 19 1,841 21 1,564 1,200
 Kuwait 20 1,784 20 1,784 18/19 1,700
 Norway 21 1,782 16 2,314 18/19 1,700
 Libya 22 1,505 22 1,505 20 1,400
 India 23 1,290 23 1,289 1,200
 Malaysia 24 1,183 14 2,909 15 2,700
 Ukraine 25 1,104 35 304 1,100
 Azerbaijan 26 991 24 1,227 1,100
 Netherlands 27 801 26 804 700
 Vietnam 28 699 39 203 600
 Oman 29 651 25 884 700
 Myanmar 30 637 36 273 1,200
 Pakistan 31 589 27 757 400
 Yemen 32 479 300
 Peru 33 456 28 513 400
 Trinidad and Tobago 34 447 29 433 300
 Brazil 35 377 33 325 400
 Argentina 36 337 31 381 300
 Angola 37 308 30 422
 Bolivia 38 296 34 310 300
 Mexico 39 280 42 146 200
 Brunei 40 261 38 252
 Syria 41 241 300 300
 Papua New Guinea 42 211 200
 Thailand 43 193 40 180 200
 Bangladesh 44 186 32 346 200 Petrobangla, 16 Jan. 2018[10] 385
 Israel 45 176 500
 United Kingdom 46 176 37 269 200
 Cameroon 47 135 41 152
 Colombia 48 114 46 104 100
 Romania 49 105 45 105 100
 Philippines 50 98.5
 Chile 51 98.0 5.30
 Bahrain 52 92.0 200
 Congo, Republic of the 53 90.6 44 111
 Sudan 54 85.0
 Poland 55 79.8 48 56.3 100
 Cuba 56 70.8
 Tunisia 57 65.1
 Namibia 58 62.3
 Rwanda 59 56.6
 Afghanistan 60 49.6
 Serbia 61 48.1
 Germany 62 39.5 49 39.6 100
 Italy 63 38.1 50 27.1 100
 Equatorial Guinea 64 36.8
 New Zealand 65 33.7
 Cote d'Ivoire 66/68 28.2
 Mauritania 66/68 28.2
 Gabon 66/68 28.2 25.5
 Croatia 69/70 24.9
 Ethiopia 69/70 24.9
 Ghana 71 22.7
 Japan 72 20.9
 Slovakia 73/74 14.2
 Uganda 73/74 14.2
 Denmark 75 12.9 47 73.9 100
 Ecuador 76 10.9 5.4
 Ireland 77 9.91
 Georgia 78 8.50
 France 79 8.41
 Korea, South 80 7.08
 Hungary 81 6.60
 Austria 82/83 6.51
 Tanzania 82/83 6.51
 Taiwan 84 6.23
 Jordan 85 6.03
 Bulgaria 86/89 5.66
 Somalia 86/89 5.66
 Tajikistan 86/89 5.66
 Kyrgyzstan 86/89 5.66
 Turkey 90 5.10
 Czech Republic 91 3.96
 Belarus 92 2.83
 Spain 93 2.55
 Morocco 94 1.44
 Benin 95 1.13
 Congo, Democratic Republic of the 96/97 0.991
 Greece 96/97 0.991
 Albania 98 0.821
 Barbados 99 0.142
 Armenia 18.0
 Equatorial Guinea 43 145
 Slovakia ENI, start 2018[11] 4
 South Africa ENI, start 2018[12] 3
 Moldova ENI, start 2018[13] 20
  • Star denotes includes "recoverable portion of shale reserves"

Comparison of proven natural gas reserves from different sources (billions of cubic meters, as of 31 Dec. 2014/1 Jan. 2015)

Source Canada Iran Russia Saudi Arabia United States Venezuela
BP[14] 2,000 34,000 32,800 8,200 9,800 5,600
OPEC[15] 2,028 34,020 49,541 8,489 9,580 5,617
U.S. Energy Information Administration[16] 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. 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. ^ [2]
  11. ^ ENI, World Gas and Renewables Review, 2018.
  12. ^ ENI, World Gas and Renewables Review, 2018.
  13. ^ ENI, World Gas and Renewables Review, 2018.
  14. ^ BP Statistical Review of World Energy, 2015
  15. ^ OPEC Statistical Bulletin, 2015.
  16. ^ International Data: Natural Gas Reserves, US EIA. Retrieved 3 July 2016.