2017 was a bumper year for natural gas. Gas consumption rose by 96 bcm, or 3% – the fastest growth since 2010
The single biggest factor driving global gas consumption last year was the surge in Chinese gas demand (31 bcm) where consumption increased by over 15%, accounting for around a third of the global increase in gas consumption. The Middle East grew 28 bcm and Europe 26 bcm. Consumption in the US fell by 1.2%, or 11 bcm.
Natural gas consumption per capita 2017 (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 above represents standard cubic metres (measured at 15°C and 1013 mbar); as they are derived directly from tonnes of oil equivalent using an average conversion factor and have been standardized using a gross calorific value (GCV) of 40 MJ/m3.
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.