History of the world’s production of natural gas

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This graph illustrates the production of natural gas in thousands of billions of cubic meters (both conventional and unconventional).


Global production of natural gas has been rising constantly over the past 40 years. It tripled between 1970 and 2010.

In 2017, the largest worldwide producers were the United States and Russia, with respective shares of 20% and 17.3% of global production (including unconventional natural gas). Iran (6.1%), Qatar (4.8%), and Canada (4.8%) follow. Global production growth is 2.2% between 2016-2017, driven by American and Asian productions. The EU (-2.3%) is still on a decreasing trend.

Two thirds of the global production take place in 10 countries.


Source BP Statistical Review 2018