Which countries have the world’s largest proven oil reserves?

Oil is a natural resource formed by the decay of organic matter over millions of years, and like many other natural resources, it can only be extracted from reserves where it already exists. The only difference between oil and every other natural resource is that oil is well and truly the lifeblood of the global economy.

The world derives over a third of its total energy production from oil, more than any other source by far. As a result, the countries that control the world’s oil reserves often have disproportionate geopolitical and economic power.

PetroNeft Resources plc (LON:PTR) is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, focussed on Russia. The company’s shares are listed on the London AIM and Dublin ESM Markets.

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