Natural gas one of the most common types of fossil fuel product used in the world today. One of the key reasons for this is because of its efficiency and the level of pollution is much lesser than any other fossil fuel products.
Today there are over 150 countries that extract natural gas; here is the 10 largest producer of natural gas in the world.
Turkmenistan is the 10th largest producer of Natural gas in the world. But, many sources indicate that this country has the 4th or 5th largest natural gas reserves in the world. However, according to the Oil and Gas Journal, this country has the 6th largest natural gas reserve in the world today. Studies also indicate that this country has not to exploited even half of the natural gas resources available on their territory, one of the key reasons for lack of development in this sector is due to the fact that the country lacks sufficient pipeline infrastructure to support the extraction and export of large quantity natural gas.
Total annual production in million cubic meters – 76,000
Algeria is the 9th largest producer of natural gas in the world. Total natural gas production of this country alone accounts for 2.3% of the world’s total natural gas produced. Algeria exports about 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually to different countries. Many studies have indicated that the country holds large oil reserves that are still not explored and exploited. However, the current government has taken steps to increase the annual production in the future.
Total annual production in million cubic meters – 83,290
8. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is the 8th largest producer of natural gas in the world. As most of us know, this country is one of the largest producer and exporter of fossil fuel products like crude oil and other petroleum products. However, this country also holds one of the largest natural gas reserves in the Gulf region. Total production of natural gas in this country alone accounts for 2.4% of total world natural gas production. One of the notable things about the natural can production in this country is that majority portion of the natural gas produced is used up for meeting domestic needs, and only the remaining is exported.
Total annual production in million cubic meters – 104,400
Norway is the 7th largest producer of natural gas in the world. The total production of this country accounts for almost 3.1% of the world natural gas production. The economy of Norway is highly dependent on natural gas export. One of the notable things about this country’s natural gas production is that majority of the natural gas produced is exported to other countries. The government has taken steps to exploit more of their natural gas resources, but, is held back due to some raise of concerns about the effect it could have on its environment.
Total annual production in million cubic meters – 108,800
China is the 6th largest producer of natural gas in the world. One of the notable things about this country is that it does not export any significant quantity of natural gas because a majority of the produced quantity is spent to meet the domestic needs in the country. This country is also one of the main producers of greenhouse gases and studies indicate that the country air is polluted to an extent that people have to make sure they wear a mask. This had led the country to reduce the use of fossil fuel burning and embrace using efficient natural gas instead. China’s production quantity accounts for 3.3% of the total world natural gas produced.
Total annual production in million cubic meters – 150,000
Canada is the 5th largest producer of natural gas in the world. This country accounts for 4% of total gas production in the world today. The country has a constant production till 2015 and has increased their production ever since. The government has invested heavily in this sector for high production and export. Estimates indicated this industry alone employs almost 6.2 million people in Canada today.
Total annual production in million cubic meters – 151,500
Qatar is the 4th largest producer of natural gas in the world. Qatar is the 2nd largest exporter of natural gas in the world and holds a record for exporting the most natural gas. The country has invested a large amount of money into the natural gas extraction and export infrastructure. Qatar has one of the highest potential and largest natural gas reserves in the world and is estimated to maintain this position for a long time. The production in this country accounts for 4.6% of total world production.
Total annual production in million cubic meters – 160,000
Iran is the 3rd largest producer of natural gas in the world. This country is estimated to account for almost 4.8% of world’s total production. This country alone holds about 17% of worlds total gas reserves. However, Iran has exploited only a small portion of its natural gas resources and is expected to increase the production quantity for both domestic and export purposes.
Total annual production in million cubic meters – 174,500
Russia is the 2nd largest producer of natural gas in the world. This country accounts for almost 18.6% of the total world natural gas production. The country is also the largest exporter of natural gas in the world. This country exports its natural gas to European countries and other nations. Majority of the gas production interests are held by the United States owned companies.
Total annual production in million cubic meters – 635,500
1. The United States of America
The United States of America is the largest natural gas producer in the world. This country accounts for 20.4% of total world natural gas production. One of the notable things about the United States of America is that the country uses the majority of its natural gas produced for its own domestic purposes and only 5% of the natural gas is exported. Studies indicated that the country is increasing the production each year despite many raising concerns over environmental issues it causes.
Total annual production in million cubic metres – 766,200
All the details mentioned above were collected from several websites and the ranking was done only on the basis of the quantity of natural gas produced annually. Hope this article helped you.