Gas in Iraq

Gas Production900ktoe per year

Amount in place3.6thousand Mtoe

Gas Recoverable Reserves3.32thousand Mtoe

Iraq has a large base of proved natural gas reserves. As of 2014, Iraq was the world’s 13th largest holder of proved natural gas reserves at 3,158 bcm. Approximately three-quarters of Iraq’s proved natural gas reserves are associated with oil and a majority of these reserves are in the southern part of Iraq, which is home to multiple massive fields.

Although Iraq has a large total amount of proved natural gas reserves, this has not resulted in noteworthy amount of marketed production yet as a majority of their natural gas is reinjected to aid oil production. This is evidenced by the fact that Iraq only produced 0.9 bcm of marketed natural gas in 2014. Therefore, there is still a significant amount of potential natural gas production yet to be unlocked by Iraq given the country’s current level of proved natural gas reserves compared to their natural gas production.

Additionally, Iraq currently utilises the natural gas they produce for domestic means. A majority of the natural gas that is commercially consumed in Iraq is used by the electricity sector.


Gas data represents natural gas only, for unconventional gas please refer country notes within the WER 2013 report gas chapter.

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