2017 was a bumper year for natural gas. Global natural gas production increased by 131 billion cubic metres (bcm), or 4%, almost double the 10-year average growth rate of 2.2% – the fastest rate since the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis
Russian growth was the largest by far at 46 bcm, (8.2%) followed by Iran at 21 bcm (10.5%), Australia at 17 bcm (18%) and China 11 bcm (8.5%).
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 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.
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.