Which Country Benefits the Most from Natural Gas Extraction?

Natural Gas Rents (As % of GDP) (%), 2018 or latest
Oil & Gas | December 31, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 96 countries in 2018, East Timor ranked the highest in natural gas rents as a percentage of GDP with 30.8% followed by Turkmenistan and Brunei. On the other end of the scale was France with < 0.001%, Moldova with < 0.001% and Dem. Republic of the Congo with < 0.001%.

Average natural gas rents as a percentage of GDP reached 0.285% in 2018 in the World according to EIA. This is 33.2 % more than in the previous year and -73.7 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average natural gas rents as a percentage of GDP reached an all time high of 0.632% in 1979 and an all time low of 0.007% in 1970. The average annual growth amounted to 8.08 % since 1970.

Data for more countries are available at Natural Gas Rents (As % of GDP) indicator page.

Natural Gas Rents (As % of GDP) Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Algeria % 4.38% 4.29% 3.94% 3.18% 2.03%
Azerbaijan % 3.54% 3.24% 2.51% 2.43% 2.07%
Brunei % 5.69% 5.39% 7.11% 11.7% 8.22%
East Timor % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 7.68% 9.77% 15.6% 29.9% 28.9% ...
Equatorial Guinea % ... ... ... ... 5.17% 5.06% 4.73% 4.38% 2.61%
Malaysia % 1.95% 1.85% 2.04% 2.79% 1.74%
Mozambique % 4.33% 3.95% 4.04% 2.95% 2.19%
Myanmar % ... ... 1.85% 1.75% 2.42% 3.22% 1.97%
Norway % 3.16% 2.81% 2.12% 2.03% 1.33%
Papua New Guinea % 0.058% 0.056% 2.21% 5.57% 3.88%
Qatar % 8.51% 8.56% 7.63% 6.18% 3.58%
Russia % 3.76% 3.52% 2.71% 2.81% 1.90%
Trinidad and Tobago % 9.89% 9.89% 7.04% 4.78% 2.86%
Turkmenistan % 26.1% 22.9% 15.2% 13.0% 8.20%
Uzbekistan % 10.8% 10.9% 6.97% 4.29% 2.61%