Feature Report: Natural Gas Producers and Consumers

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Natural Gas Reserves

Three countries - Russia, Iran and Qatar - currently account for 49% of the world’s proved conventional natural gas reserves. The figures for unconventional gas reserves (shale gas, tight gas and coalbed methane) have not been accurately estimated. In 2012, unconventional gas made up 50% of reserves in the United States. In other countries, such as Mexico, China and Australia, estimates of unconventional reserves are continually being revised upward. However, local communities are often opposed to the development of unconventional gas reserves.

Natural Gas Reserves (in trillions of cubic meters)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country At December 31, 2013 Share of Global Reserves
Iran 33.8 18.2%
Russia 31.3 16.8%
Qatar 24.7 13.3%
Turkmenistan 17.5 9.4%
United States 9.3 5.0%
United Arab Emirates 6.1 3.3%
Venezuela 5.6 3.0%
Nigeria 5.1 2.7%
Algeria 4.5 2.4%
Australia 3.7 2.0%
Iraq 3.6 1.9%
China 3.3 1.8%
Indonesia 2.9 1.6%
Norway 2.0 1.1%
Rest of the World 32.4 17.4%
Total World 185.7 100.0%