Where Do You Find the Largest Proved Reserves of Natural Gas?

Proved Reserves of Natural Gas (trillion cb ft), 2017 or latest
Oil & Gas | December 25, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 98 countries in 2017, Russia ranked the highest in proved reserves of natural gas with 1,688 trillion cb ft followed by Iran and Qatar. On the other end of the scale was Albania with 0.029 trillion cb ft, Dem. Republic of the Congo with 0.035 trillion cb ft and Greece with 0.035 trillion cb ft.

Total proved reserves of natural gas reached 6,604 trillion cb ft in 2017 in the World according to EIA. This is 4.17 % less than in the previous year and 6.25 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total proved reserves of natural gas reached an all time high of 6,973 trillion cb ft in 2014 and an all time low of 2,592 trillion cb ft in 1980. The average annual growth amounted to 2.56 % since 1980.

The top ranked country, Russia, accounted for 25.6 % of proved reserves of natural gas in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 56.5 % share while the ten largest countries some 81.7 % in 2017.

Data for more countries are available at Proved Reserves of Natural Gas indicator page.

Proved Reserves of Natural Gas Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Algeria trillion cb ft 159 159 159 159 159
China trillion cb ft 107 107 141 155 164
Indonesia trillion cb ft 106 141 108 105 103
Iran trillion cb ft 1,046 1,168 1,187 1,193 1,201
Iraq trillion cb ft 112 112 112 112 112
Kazakhstan trillion cb ft 85.0 85.0 85.0 85.0 85.0
Mozambique trillion cb ft 4.50 4.50 4.50 100 100
Nigeria trillion cb ft 187 180 182 181 180
Qatar trillion cb ft 896 890 890 885 872
Russia trillion cb ft 1,680 1,680 1,688 1,688 1,688
Saudi Arabia trillion cb ft 276 284 288 291 294
Turkmenistan trillion cb ft 265 265 265 265 265
USA trillion cb ft 305 334 308 338 ... ...
United Arab Emirates trillion cb ft 228 215 215 215 215
Venezuela trillion cb ft 179 195 195 196 197