Pipeline transportation of crude oil and refined petroleum products, March 2015
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Canadian pipelines net receipts of crude oil and condensates, and other liquefied petroleum products totalled 36.4 million cubic metres in March, up 8.9% from the same month last year. This increase was mainly attributable to receipts from processing plants, which rose 15.4% from March 2014 to 19.6 million cubic metres. Receipts from fields (+3.9%) and receipts from refineries and bulk plants (+5.6%) also rose in March. Conversely, receipts from imports (-4.4%) and from other sources (-13.8%) both declined.
Alberta and Saskatchewan post increases in March
The growth in receipts was led by two provinces. Alberta posted an 11.8% increase in net receipts to 29.6 million cubic metres, while Saskatchewan recorded a 23.1% gain to 2.6 million cubic metres.
Net deliveries rise as deliveries to plants increase
In March, Canadian pipelines net deliveries rose 8.9% from March 2014 to 36.3 million cubic metres of crude oil and condensates, and other liquefied petroleum products.
Deliveries to plants grew 10.8% to 14.6 million cubic metres, led by deliveries to plants in Alberta, which rose 9.9% to 11.1 million cubic metres. Exports rose 10.8% in March to 13.5 million cubic metres. In Manitoba, exports increased significantly, up 10.8% to 10.7 million cubic metres.
Inventories edge up in March
In March, inventories of crude oil and condensates, and other liquefied petroleum products held in tanks and terminals rose 1.8% from the preceding month to 5.9 million cubic metres. Product remaining in pipelines at the end of March edged down 0.3% to 12.5 million cubic metres.
Note to readers
Data for January and February 2015 have been revised.
This report covers the monthly activities of all pipelines in Canada receiving and delivering crude oils, liquefied petroleum gases (propane, butane and ethane) and refined petroleum products.
Oil pipelines net receipts include receipts of products from fields, processing plants, refineries, imports, and other sources. Total receipts include net receipts and transfers from provinces and other pipelines. Net deliveries include deliveries to refineries, plants, exports, and other destinations. Total deliveries include net deliveries and transfers to other provinces and other pipelines, inventory changes, and line losses and adjustments.
The difference between total receipts and deliveries is in inventory changes and line losses and adjustments applied to total deliveries.
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