Gas in Turkmenistan

Gas Production65.2Mtoe per year

Amount in place13.5thousand Mtoe

Gas Recoverable Reserves15.7thousand Mtoe

Turkmenistan had the fourth largest proved natural gas reserves base globally at ~17,479 bcm as of 2014. Additionally, Turkmenistan was the world’s 11th largest producer of natural gas in 2014 at 69.3 bcm. However, this large amount of proved natural gas reserves and production has not currently translated into major natural gas consumption relatively. This is evidenced by the fact that Turkmenistan is not currently one of the world’s 25 largest natural gas consumers.

Although Turkmenistan’s natural gas consumption does not appear to be very significant based on a global scale, natural gas actually does play a large role in Turkmenistan relative to their size. This is illustrated by the fact that natural gas was responsible for ~80% of Turkmenistan’s primary energy consumption in 2014.

Additionally, Turkmenistan is able to play a role as a global energy supplier due to the fact that they produce significantly more natural gas than they consume. Currently, Turkmenistan is able to export a notable amount of natural gas via pipelines. In 2014, 41.6 bcm of natural gas was exported by Turkmenistan, exclusively as pipeline natural gas. The vast majority of this natural gas was exported to China, Russia, and Iran at 25.5 bcm, 9 bcm, and 6.5 bcm respectively. In 2014, Turkmenistan was the world’s largest exporter of natural gas to China, which conveys the important role they play in helping supply China’s growing energy demand.


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

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