Natural gas consumption

World natural gas consumption grew by 63 billion cubic metres (bcm) or 1.5%, slower than the 10-year average of 2.3%

EU gas consumption rose sharply by 30 bcm, or 7.1% - the fastest growth since 2010. The Middle East (3.5%, 19 Bcm) and China (16 Bcm, 7.7%) both also recorded strong increases aided by improving infrastructure and availability of gas. The largest falls were in Russia (-12 Bcm, -3.3%) and Brazil (-5 Bcm, -12.5%).Russia saw the largest drop in consumption of any country (-12 bcm).

Natural gas consumption per capita 2016 (tonnes oil equivalent)

Natural gas consumption per capita 2016 (tonnes oil equivalent)


Natural gas consumption excludes natural gas converted to liquid fuels but includes derivatives of coal as well as natural gas consumed in Gas-to-Liquids transformation.

As far as possible, the data represents standard cubic metres (measured at 150C and 1013 mbar); as they are derived directly from tonnes of oil equivalent using an average conversion factor, they do not necessarily equate with gas volumes expressed in specific national terms.

Consumption data in the PDF data table is in billion cubic meters (bcm) and million tonnes oil equivalent (mtoe), data in billion cubic feet per day (bcf/day) can be found in the Excel workbook.


Includes data from Cedigaz.

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