Which Country Produces the Most Electricity from Oil?

Electricity Production from Oil Sources (GWh), 2017
Energy & Utility | December 26, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 30 countries in 2017, Saudi Arabia ranked the highest in electricity production from oil sources with 154,332 GWh followed by Japan and Mexico. On the other end of the scale was South Africa with 28.9 GWh, Thailand with 330 GWh and Vietnam with 816 GWh.

Total electricity production from oil sources reached 883,010 GWh in 2017 in the World according to World Bank / EIA. This is 8.54 % less than in the previous year and -13.3 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, total electricity production from oil sources reached an all time high of 1,442,527 GWh in 1978 and an all time low of 117,729 GWh in 1960. The average annual growth amounted to 3.60 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, Saudi Arabia, accounted for 17.5 % of electricity production from oil sources in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 28.3 % share while the ten largest countries some 46.2 % in 2017.

Data for more countries are available at Electricity Production from Oil Sources indicator page.

Electricity Production from Oil Sources Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Argentina GWh 18,992 19,212 20,827 19,075 21,956
Brazil GWh 14,579 19,258 26,025 34,751 28,936
China GWh 12,130 10,937 10,013 9,517 9,679
Egypt GWh 18,188 21,351 27,046 31,878 36,818
India GWh 9,353 10,071 10,650 11,346 9,122
Indonesia GWh 22,887 21,638 20,744 23,090 32,144
Iran GWh 83,593 81,184 103,287 63,514 56,251
Japan GWh 160,877 205,594 164,960 121,479 103,560
Mexico GWh 48,833 55,733 47,680 32,489 31,226
Russia GWh 27,472 28,101 8,706 10,730 10,102
Saudi Arabia GWh 147,334 154,953 144,379 160,715 170,429
South Korea GWh 15,918 19,080 19,646 27,706 35,095
Spain GWh 15,171 15,321 13,854 14,121 17,241
Taiwan GWh 8,255 6,363 5,936 7,274 11,169
USA GWh 32,454 24,935 29,209 32,507 30,375