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Shale Gas by Country 2024

Shale gas is a natural gas that's trapped inside shale formations.

According to the United States Energy Information Agency (EIA), 7,299 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of shale gas is produced per year. Only three countries produce shale gas commercially, including Canada, China, and Argentina.

The United States is the number one producer and exporter of shale gas at 26.8 trillion cubic feet a year. Shale gas production is predicted to reach 34 trillion Tcf by 2050.

China currently produces 23 billion cubic meters of shale gas each year. Shale production in China has increased over the last ten years, with a 21% annual growth since 2017.

The Vaca Muerta formation in Argentina produces 41.6 billion cubic feet (Mm3) of shale gas every year. The United States Energy Information Agency estimates Argentina has 802 trillion Tcf in recoverable shale gas.

When it comes to untapped shale gas resources, Algeria has 20 trillion cubic meters of recoverable shale gas. Algeria is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, with 60% of production going to Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Italy, and Slovenia.

Canada has fifteen prospective shale gas formations with 573 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas. The EIA estimates that Canadian shale gas production will reach 12.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day by 2025.

Mexico is a net importer of shale gas due to a lack of access to water. The US. Energy Information Administration estimates that Mexico has 681 Tcf of commercially recoverable shale gas, with most of it located in a formation in Burgos Basin in northeastern Mexico's Coahuila.

Russia has the second-largest shale oil reserves in the world, with t 1,688 trillion cubic feet. 84% of all shale gas exported from Russia goes through pipelines that connect Russia to Europe and Eastern Asia.

Libya's Silurvian and Devonian formations produce 55 trillion cubic feet of gas yearly. It's estimated that there are 290 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas.

  • Shale gas deposits are traditionally categorized as 'unproven but technically recoverable' and values displayed do not consider the possible operational cost of mining any given deposit.
  • Chemically speaking, shale gas is simply natural gas mined from shale deposits. However, in practice, the term is often applied to natural gas mined from shale, limestone, sand, chalk, clay, or any other 'tight' rock formations that require significant fracking to release the gas.
  • Shale deposits may contain shale gas (same as natural gas) or shale oil (same as crude oil). Note that shale oil is not the same as 'oil shale,' aka oilsands, which is a form of stone that contains kerogen, a precursor to petroleum.

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Country
Wet Shale Gas (Tcf)
Shale Oil (billion barrels)
Updated Date
China1,115.2032.2005-17-2013
Argentina801.502705-17-2013
Algeria706.905.7005-17-2013
United States622.5078.2004-14-2015
Canada572.908.8005-17-2013
Mexico545.2013.1005-17-2013
Australia429.3015.6005-17-2013
South Africa389.7005-17-2013
Russia284.5074.6005-17-2013
Brazil244.905.3005-17-2013
United Arab Emirates205.3022.6012-29-2014
Venezuela167.3013.4005-17-2013
Poland145.801.8005-17-2013
France136.704.7005-17-2013
Ukraine127.901.1005-17-2013
Libya121.6026.1005-17-2013
Pakistan105.209.1005-17-2013
Egypt1004.6005-17-2013
India96.403.8005-17-2013
Paraguay75.303.7005-17-2013
Colombia54.706.8005-17-2013
Romania50.700.3005-17-2013
Chile48.502.3005-17-2013
Oman48.306.2012-29-2014
Indonesia46.407.9005-17-2013
Chad44.4016.2012-29-2014
Bolivia36.400.6005-17-2013
Denmark31.7005-17-2013
Kazakhstan27.5010.6012-29-2014
Netherlands25.902.9005-17-2013
United Kingdom25.800.7005-17-2013
Turkey23.604.7005-17-2013
Tunisia22.701.5005-17-2013
Germany170.7005-17-2013
Bulgaria16.600.2005-17-2013
Morocco11.9005-17-2013
Sweden9.8005-17-2013
Spain8.400.1005-17-2013
Jordan6.800.1005-17-2013
Thailand5.4005-17-2013
Uruguay4.600.6005-17-2013
Mongolia4.403.4005-17-2013
Lithuania2.401.4005-17-2013
Norway05-17-2013
Mauritania05-17-2013
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Which country produces the most shale gas?

The United States produces the most shale gas64 compared to other countries.

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