Iran is the world’s third-largest producer of natural gas and the country’s output increased by 3% in 2023, over 2022. The country accounts for 7% of global production, with the world’s other largest producers being the US, Russia and Iran. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of the natural gas sector in Iran in its report, Middle East and North Africa Oil and Gas Upstream Development Trends and Forecast by Project Type, Countries, Terrain and Companies 2022-2026. Buy the report here.

Over the five years to 2023, production from Iran decreased by a CAGR of 0.03% and is expected to rise by a CAGR of 3% between 2024 and 2028.

The largest producer of natural gas in Iran is National Iranian Oil with output up by 3% on 2022.

There are 21 natural gas producing fields in Iran of which 14 are located offshore and the rest onshore. The Persian Gulf has the majority of the natural gas fields in the country with 14.

Role of natural gas in the energy transition

Natural gas plays a pivotal role in the global energy transition, serving as a transition fuel towards decarbonisation. As countries navigate the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, natural gas provides a lower-carbon alternative, aiding in reducing emissions and delivering reliable energy given the fluctuating availability of wind and solar power. Its versatility and abundance make it a key component in the evolving energy mix.

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This information is drawn from GlobalData’s Oil & Gas Intelligence Center, which provides detailed profiles of 34,000+ oil and gas fields, 400,000+ exploration blocks, 1,100+ LNG terminals, 3,400+ gas processing plants, 5,000+ storage terminals, and 8,000+ pipelines, 1,400+ refineries and 13,000+ petrochemical plants worldwide.