The figures below correspond to proved natural gas reserves, in other words identified deposits from which gas can be recovered under existing economic and operating conditions.
Three countries – Iran, Russia and Qatar – currently hold nearly half of the world’s identified conventional natural gas reserves. Unconventional gas reserves (shale gas, coalbed gas, tight gas and methane hydrates) have been estimated at much higher but more uncertain volumes.
Today, shale gas is chiefly mined in the United States. However, estimates show that China, Argentina and Algeria also have significant natural gas resources.
Global Natural Gas Reserves (in trillions of cubic meters)
|Country||End 2017||Share of Global Reserves|
|United Arab Emirates||5.9||3.1%|
|Rest of the World||33.2||17.2%|
Source: BP Statistical Review 2018