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Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition

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March 2010 (preliminary) (Previous release)

Domestic production of crude oil and equivalent hydrocarbons totalled 13.1 million cubic metres in March, down 2.5% from March 2009.

Crude oil and equivalent exports were down 1.4% compared with the same month in 2009. About 69% of Canada's domestic production went to the export market.

Marketable natural gas production totalled 12.4 billion cubic metres in March, down 8.8% from the same month in 2009. Meanwhile, domestic sales of natural gas decreased by 4.3%.

In March, natural gas exports fell by 6.6% from the same month a year earlier. Exports accounted for about 65% of marketable natural gas production.

Production of both crude oil (+4.7%) and natural gas (+3.3%) increased in March compared with February.

Note: Preliminary data are available on CANSIM at the national level to March 2010 inclusive. At the national and provincial level detailed information is available for crude oil (126-0001) up to December 2009 inclusive, and for natural gas (131-0001) up to December 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)
  March 2009r February 2010p March 2010p February to March 2010 March 2009 to March 2010
  thousands of cubic metres % change
Crude oil and equivalent hydrocarbons          
Production 13 478.0 12 544.4 13 136.3 4.7 -2.5
Imports2 3 755.0 3 324.5 4 000.0 20.3 6.5
Refinery receipts3 8 575.6 7 609.5 8 807.5 15.7 2.7
Exports 9 210.5 8 280.9 9 084.9 9.7 -1.4
  millions of cubic metres % change
Natural gas          
Marketable production5 13 604.9 12 003.5 12 404.8 3.3 -8.8
Imports 2 213.8 1 979.0 2 213.8E 11.9 0.0
Domestic sales6 8 156.0 8 533.3 7 803.1 -8.6 -4.3
Exports 8 589.9 8 039.8 8 022.6 -0.2 -6.6
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).