Natural gas production

In 2016, global natural gas production increased by only 0.3%, or 21 billion cubic metres (bcm) to 3552 bcm, the weakest growth in gas output for [20 years], other than in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis

Declining production in North America (-21 bcm) partially offset strong growth from Australia (19 bcm) and Iran (13 bcm).

Australian production was the standout performer as several new LNG facilities came on stream; Iran also boosted output in the wake of the sanctions relief. But these increases were offset by a large fall in US output (-17 Bcm, -2.5%), with falls in gas and oil prices weighing on the production of both dry and associated gas. This was the first fall in US production since the shale revolution started in earnest in the mid-2000s.

Natural gas production by region (billion cubic metres)

Natural gas production by region (billion cubic metres)


Gas production comprises marketed production and excludes gas flared or recycled gas. Includes natural gas produced for 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.

Natural gas production is provided in three different units of measurement to accommodate regional customary usage. World natural gas production PDF tables are in both billion cubic metres, and million tonnes oil equivalent (mtoe). Data in the Excel workbook are also in billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d).


Includes data from Cedigaz.

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