List of countries by natural gas proven reserves
This is a list of countries by natural gas proven reserves based on The World Factbook (when no citation is given). or other authoritative third-party sources (as cited). Based on data from BP, at the end of 2009, proved gas reserves were dominated by three countries: Iran, Russia, and Qatar, which together held nearly half the world's proven reserves.
There is some disagreement on which country has the largest proven gas reserves. Sources that consider that Russia has by far the largest proven reserves include the US CIA (47.6 trillion cubic meters), the US Energy Information Administration (49 tcm), and OPEC (48.7 tcm). However, BP credits Russia with only 32.9 tcm, which would place it in second place, slightly behind Iran (33.1 to 33.8 tcm, depending on the source).
Due to constant announcements of shale gas recoverable reserves, as well as drilling in Central Asia, South America and Africa, deepwater drilling, estimates are undergoing frequent updates, mostly increasing. Since 2000, some countries, notably the US and Canada, have seen large increases in proved gas reserves due to development of shale gas, but shale gas deposits in most countries are yet to be added to reserve calculations.
|Rank||Country/Region|| Natural gas|
| Date of|
|1||Russia||48,700,000,000,000||12 June 2013 est.|
|2||Iran (see: Natural gas reserves in Iran)||33,600,000,000,000||12 June 2013 est.|
|5||United States (see: Natural gas in the United States)||9,860,000,000,000||12 December 2013|
|6||Saudi Arabia||8,600,000,000,000||June 2014.|
|7||Iraq||6,400,000,000,000||1 January 2012 est.|
|8||Venezuela||5,724,500,000,000||19 July 2011|
|10||China (see: Natural gas in China)||4,643,000,000,000||1 January 2015|
|11||Algeria||4,502,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|12||Australia||4,300,000,000,000||1 January 2014 est.|
|13||Indonesia||3,001,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|14||Azerbaijan||2,600,000,000,000||1 January 2016 est.|
|15||Malaysia||2,350,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|16||Norway||2,313,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|17||United Arab Emirates||2,250,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|18||Kazakhstan||1,900,000,000,000||12 June 2013 est.|
|19||Uzbekistan||1,841,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|20||Kuwait||1,798,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|21||Canada (see: Natural gas in Canada)||1,754,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|22||Egypt||1,656,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|23||Tanzania||1,614,060,000,000||1 January 2016 est.|
|24||Libya||1,539,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|25||Netherlands||1,416,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|26||Ukraine||1,104,000,000,000||1 January 2014 est.|
|27||India||4,232,000,000,000||31 March 2016 est.|
|28||Oman||849,500,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|29||Pakistan||754,000,000,000||1 January 2014 est.|
|30||Lebanon||750,400,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|31||Romania||726,000,000,000||1 January 2013 est.|
|32||Yemen||478,500,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|33||Trinidad and Tobago||436,100,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|34||Argentina||430,000,000,000||1 January 2014 est.|
|35||Brunei||390,800,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|36||Brazil||364,200,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|37||Mexico||359,700,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|38||Thailand||342,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|39||Colombia||377,000,000,000||1 January 2011 est.|
|40||Peru||334,100,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|41||United Kingdom||292,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|42||Burma||283,200,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|43||Bolivia||281,000,000,000||1 January 2015|
|44||Angola||271,800,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|45||Syria||240,700,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|46||Papua New Guinea||226,500,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|47||Timor-Leste||200,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|48||Israel||199,000,000,000||1 January 2015 est.|
|49||Bangladesh||195,400,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|50||Germany||175,600,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|51||Ghana||165,000,000,000||13 May 2013 est.|
|52||Poland||164,800,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|53||Cameroon||135,100,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|54||Mozambique||127,400,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|55||Philippines||108,700,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|56||Chile||97,970,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|57||Bahrain||92,030,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|58||Congo, Republic of the||90,610,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|59||Sudan||84,950,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|60||Cuba||70,790,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|61||Italy||69,830,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|62||Tunisia||65,130,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|63||Rwanda||62,290,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|64||Namibia||61,300,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|65||Denmark||56,630,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|66||Korea, South||50,000,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|67||Afghanistan||49,550,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|68||Serbia||48,140,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|69||Equatorial Guinea||36,810,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|70||New Zealand||33,980,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|71||Croatia||30,580,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|72||Cote d'Ivoire||28,320,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|73||Mauritania||28,320,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|74||Ethiopia||28,320,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|75||Gabon||24,920,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|76||Austria||24,800,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|77||Japan||20,900,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|78||Slovakia||14,160,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|79||Georgia||9,911,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|80||Ireland||8,495,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|81||Ecuador||8,098,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|82||Hungary||7,985,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|83||France||7,079,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|84||Taiwan||6,229,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|85||Turkey||6,088,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|86||Jordan||6,031,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|87||Bulgaria||5,663,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|88||Tajikistan||5,663,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|89||Somalia||5,663,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|90||Kyrgyzstan||5,663,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|91||Czech Republic||3,072,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|92||Guatemala||2,960,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|93||Belarus||2,832,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|94||Spain||2,548,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|95||Morocco||1,501,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|96||Benin||1,133,000,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|97||Congo, Democratic Republic of the||991,100,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|98||Greece||991,100,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|99||Albania||849,500,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|100||Barbados||113,300,000||1 January 2010 est.|
|101||South Africa||27,160,000||1 January 2006 est.|
|102||Macau||300,000||1 January 2008 est.|
TOTAL: 204.7 trillion cubic meters
- Star denotes includes "recoverable portion of shale reserves"
Comparison of proven natural gas reserves from different sources (billions of cubic meters, as of 31 Dec. 2014/1 Jan. 2015)
|Source||Canada||Iran||Russia||Saudi Arabia||United States||Venezuela|
|US Energy Information Administration||2,535||42,426||59,619||10,393||10,441||6,960|
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