The experts at RIA Rating conducted a study of world oil and gas reserves. For more information on which countries lead in energy reserves per capita, see the Infographic above. According to RIA Rating’s calculations, the champion in the ranking is Qatar, where the average oil and gas reserves are worth more than 6 million USD (186 million Roubles. 4.7 million Euros. 4 million UK Pounds) per capita. To make a comparison, this amount is approximately equal to the average Russian salary for 600 years. Such large quantities have provided Qatar a fantastic economic growth in recent years; now, it’s the richest in the world in terms of GDP per capita. Second in the global oil and gas riches sweepstakes is Kuwait. This small Middle Eastern country has more than 4 million USD (124 million Roubles. 3.1 million Euros. 2.7 million UK Pounds) worth of oil and gas reserves per capita. Russia, with the largest gas reserves in the world, and amongst the 10 countries with the largest oil reserves, was only 17 in the rankings, largely due to its relatively-large population. The combined worth of Russian commercial oil and gas reserves is thought to be about 23.5 trillion USD (728 trillion Roubles. 18.2 trillion Euros. 15.5 trillion UK Pounds). Thus, the average worth per capita of Russia’s reserves isn’t all that high… 165,000 USD (5.1 million Roubles. 128,000 Euros. 109,000 UK Pounds)… that’s only 1/35 the per capita of the worth of Qatar’s reserves, but it’s also about 35 times higher than the world average.
20 March 2013