History of the world's production of natural gas

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

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Source: BP Statistical Review (2020)


Global production of natural gas has been rising constantly over the past 40 years. It was multiplied by 4 between 1970 and 2019. In 2020, the largest worldwide producers were the United States and Russia, with respective shares of 23.7% and 16.6% of global production. Followed by Iran (6.5%), China (5%) and Qatar (4.4%). Global production is decreasing by 3,3% between 2019 and 2020. Indeed, every continents (except for middle-east) saw their production decrease. For instance, South America production reduced by 11.5%. Europe is still on a decreasing trend (-7.3%). Two thirds of the global production comes from 8 countries.