- USGS (2010): a mean of 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil & a mean of 122 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas.
- Significant for the small, resource-poor countries of the region, but hardly a game-changer on the global scale. Spread among various countries.
- Perspective: Proven reserves of Algeria:159 tcf.
- Oil potential is inferior to the proven reserves of Syria (2.5 billion barrels)
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