Which Country Benefits the Most from Natural Gas Extraction?

Natural Gas Rents (As % of GDP) (%), 2017 or latest
Oil & Gas | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 99 countries in 2017, East Timor ranked the highest in natural gas rents as a percentage of GDP with 16.8% followed by Turkmenistan and Brunei. On the other end of the scale was France with < 0.001%, Dem. Republic of the Congo with < 0.001% and Moldova with < 0.001%.

Average natural gas rents as a percentage of GDP reached 0.192% in 2017 in the World according to EIA. This is 22.7 % more than in the previous year and -99.2 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average natural gas rents as a percentage of GDP reached an all time high of 0.695% in 1979 and an all time low of 0.007% in 1970. The average annual growth amounted to 7.33 % since 1970.

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

Natural Gas Rents (As % of GDP) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Algeria % 3.99% 4.34% 4.24% 3.89% 3.12%
Azerbaijan % 3.33% 3.55% 3.25% 2.52% 2.44%
Brunei % 5.97% 5.80% 5.64% 6.44% 11.2%
East Timor % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 8.70% 7.68% 9.77% 15.6% 29.9%
Equatorial Guinea % ... ... ... ... ... 5.70% 5.16% 5.00% 4.70% 4.36%
Malaysia % 1.91% 1.97% 1.85% 2.03% 2.86%
Mozambique % 4.68% 4.86% 4.14% 4.19% 3.17%
Myanmar % ... ... ... 1.78% 1.86% 1.74% 2.41% 3.71%
Norway % 2.86% 3.32% 2.95% 2.24% 2.14%
Papua New Guinea % 0.069% 0.058% 0.056% 2.21% 5.93%
Qatar % 7.93% 8.42% 8.43% 7.53% 6.08%
Russia % 4.04% 3.77% 3.52% 2.72% 2.83%
Trinidad and Tobago % 9.59% 10.8% 10.9% 7.72% 5.23%
Turkmenistan % 28.4% 26.2% 23.0% 15.2% 13.1%
Uzbekistan % 14.2% 13.4% 13.1% 8.50% 5.27%