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Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition

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October 2009 (preliminary) (Previous release)

Domestic production of crude oil and equivalent hydrocarbons totalled 13.0 million cubic metres in October, down 3.8% from October 2008.

Crude oil and equivalent exports were down 3.4% in October compared with the same month in 2008. About 68% of Canada's total domestic production went to the export market.

Marketable natural gas production totalled 11.4 billion cubic metres in October, down 12.8% from the same month a year earlier. Domestic sales of natural gas increased 0.8% compared with the same month a year earlier.

In October, natural gas exports fell 9.2% from the same month a year earlier. Exports accounted for about 66% of marketable natural gas production.

Note: Preliminary data are available on CANSIM at the national level to October 2009 inclusive. At the national and provincial level detailed information is available for crude oil (126-0001) up to August 2009 inclusive, and for natural gas (131-0001) up to March 2009 inclusive.

Available on CANSIM: tables 126-0001 and 131-0001.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2198.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact the dissemination officer (toll-free 1-866-873-8789; 613-951-9497;, Manufacturing and Energy Division.

Table 1

Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition (key indicators)
  October 2008 October 2009p October 2008 to October 2009
  thousands of cubic metres % change
Crude oil and equivalent hydrocarbons      
Production 13 538.2 13 023.3 -3.8
Imports2 4 666.8 3 561.6 -23.7
Refinery receipts3 8 827.8 8 136.6 -7.8
Exports 9 218.3 8 907.0 -3.4
  millions of cubic metres % change
Natural gas      
Marketable production5 13 108.6 11 433.3 -12.8
Imports 911.0 911.0E 0.0
Domestic sales6 5 045.3 5 085.3 0.8
Exports 8 278.8 7 518.0 -9.2
use with caution
Disposition may differ from supply because of inventory change, own consumption, losses and adjustments.
Data may differ from International Trade Division estimates because of timing and the inclusion of crude oil landed in Canada for future re-export.
Volumetric receipts at refineries of all domestic and imported crude oils for refinery processing or storage.
Disposition may differ from supply because of inventory change, usage as pipeline fuel, pipeline losses, line-pack fluctuations.
Receipts from fields after processing for the removal or partial removal of some constituents and impurities and that meet specifications for residential, commercial and industrial use; and including other adjustments.
Domestic sales includes residential, commercial, industrial and direct sales (for example direct, non-utility, sales for consumption where the utility acts solely as transporter).