World natural gas consumption by country 2018

The world’s largest consumer of natural gas is the United States, which consumed some 817 billion cubic meters in 2018. The U.S. is also one of the largest producers of natural gas in the world, reaching 761.1 billion cubic meters in 2018.

Natural gas consuming sectors

The electric power sector was one of the highest consumers of natural gas in the United States. In this sector, natural gas is used to generate electricity, which is, in turn, largely sold for consumption in other end-use sectors within the United States. The industrial sector is the second largest consumer of natural gas, using the resource as fuel for process heating, in combined heat and power systems, and as feedstock to produce other materials.

Natural gas delivery

To deliver natural gas, processing, transportation, and storage infrastructure is required. The processing plants usually receive natural gas through a system of pipelines. The composition of the natural gas that is received will determine how the natural gas is processed in order to produce dry natural gas. Transmission pipelines tend to be long-distance systems that connect producing areas, processing plants, and the recipients.

World natural gas consumption in 2018, by country

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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

According to the source, these data represent standard cubic meters (measured at 15°C and 1,013mbar) where possible. Since the figures were derived directly from tons of oil equivalent using an average conversion factor, it does not necessarily equate with gas volumes expressed in specific national terms.

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