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Leading natural gas producing countries worldwide 2014 & 2018

In 2018, the United States was the world's largest natural gas producer in the world, producing 863 billion cubic meters. Russia was the second largest natural gas producer, with its 2018 production amounting to nearly 725.5 billion cubic meters.

Natural gas production

The total volume of natural gas produced worldwide amounted to 3.87 trillion cubic meters in 2018. Although the United States is the world’s largest natural gas producer, it is the fourth largest exporter of natural gas. Accordingly, domestic consumption of natural gas accounts for a large share of U.S. natural gas end use.

U.S. shale gas revolution

Due to recent advances in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) technology and horizontal drilling, shale gas sources in the U.S. have become economically feasible to develop. This has also offset production declines from conventional natural gas sources there. This development has also increased U.S. natural gas reserves considerably. As of 2018, the U.S. produced a total of nearly 22 trillion cubic feet of shale gas.

Leading countries based on natural gas production in 2014 and 2018

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

2014 and 2018

Supplementary notes

BGR (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe) is the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Commodities.

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