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Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition, April 2015

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Released: 2015-07-09

Canada produced 17.3 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in April, down 1.3% from April 2014.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Production of crude oil and equivalent products
Production of crude oil and equivalent products

Synthetic crude oil production declines in April

The decline in the production of crude oil and equivalent products in April compared with the same month in 2014 was led by synthetic (-7.0%), light and medium (-10.0%) and heavy crude oil (-8.9%). The decline in synthetic crude oil to 3.9 million cubic metres was in part the result of unplanned maintenance shutdowns at two Alberta upgrading facilities. These declines were partially offset by a 9.5% increase in the production of crude bitumen to 6.3 million cubic metres compared with the same month a year earlier.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Production of crude oil and equivalent by type of product
Production of crude oil and equivalent by type of product

Exports and imports of crude oil increase

Despite lower production, total exports of crude oil and equivalent products increased 11.0% from the same month in 2014 to 14.6 million cubic metres in April. At the same time, imports of crude oil and equivalent rose by 36.9% to 3.1 million cubic metres.

Chart 3  Chart 3: Exports and imports of crude oil and equivalent products
Exports and imports of crude oil and equivalent products

Inventories decline

As a result of lower production and higher exports, inventories of crude oil and equivalent products declined 2.4% from the same month a year earlier to 18.3 million cubic metres in April. Closing inventories from transporters (pipeline companies) declined 3.5% to 15.9 million cubic metres, while closing inventories from fields and plants increased 5.4% to 2.5 million cubic metres.

Chart 4  Chart 4: Inventories of crude oil and equivalent products
Inventories of crude oil and equivalent products

Marketable natural gas increases in April

Canadian natural gas utilities received 11.9 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas in April, up 3.7% from the same month in 2014. At the same time, exports of natural gas to the United States from Canada rose 4.3% to 6.1 billion cubic metres, while imports of natural gas declined 22.3% to 1.4 billion cubic metres.

Additional information on natural gas is available in The Daily release "Natural gas transportation and distribution" published June 30, 2015.

  Note to readers

Data are subject to revision.

Data for 2012 have been revised.

The Crude Oil and Natural Gas survey uses respondent data as well as administrative data provided by federal, provincial and territorial authorities responsible for the regulation of crude oil and natural gas production in the provinces and territories within their respective jurisdictions.

Export data are a combination of National Energy Board and survey data reported by respondents.

Except for crude oil production, all crude oil numbers include crude oil, condensate and pentanes plus.

Total marketable gas includes gas received from fields and processing or reprocessing plants after re-injection, field uses, processing plant and reprocessing plant shrinkage, plant use and losses have been deducted.

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