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

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Released: 2015-09-09

Canada produced 18.0 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in June, up 2.6% compared with the same month in 2014.

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

Crude bitumen production increases

The gain in production of crude oil and equivalent products in June was led by crude bitumen, up 20.6% to 6.9 million cubic metres compared with the same month in 2014.

This increase was partially offset by declines in the production of light and medium crude oil (down 15.1% to 3.7 million cubic metres) and heavy grades of crude oil (down 8.4% to 2.0 million cubic metres). Production volumes of synthetic crude oil were relatively flat compared with June 2014, edging down 0.4% to 4.4 million cubic metres.

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 edge down while imports increase

In June, total exports of crude oil and equivalent edged down 0.8% from the same month in 2014 to 13.6 million cubic metres. At the same time, imports of crude oil and equivalent increased 12.7% to 3.0 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

Quarterly changes in crude oil

For the quarter ending June 30, production of crude oil and equivalent products declined by 1.4% to 52.1 million cubic metres compared with the same quarter a year earlier.

Chart 4  Chart 4: Quarterly production and exports of crude oil and equivalent products
Quarterly production and exports of crude oil and equivalent products

At the same time, exports of crude oil and equivalent products increased 3.7% to 42.4 million cubic metres, while imports of crude oil and equivalent products rose 18.2% to 9.0 million cubic metres.

Marketable natural gas increases

Canadian natural gas utilities received 11.2 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas in June, up 4.3% from the same month in 2014. At the same time, exports of natural gas to the United States from Canada rose 3.0% to 6.0 billion cubic metres and imports of natural gas were sharply lower, down 21.1% to 1.2 billion cubic metres.

Quarterly changes in natural gas

For the quarter ending June 30, Canadian natural gas utilities received 34.8 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas, up 3.4% from the same quarter in 2014. During the same period, exports of natural gas to the United States from Canada increased 2.9% to 18.2 billion cubic metres and imports of natural gas fell 19.0% to 3.9 billion cubic metres.

Additional information on natural gas is available in The Daily release "Natural gas transportation and distribution" published August 28, 2015.

  Note to readers

Data are subject to revision.

Data on natural gas liquids for 2012 to 2015 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.

Import data include only imports of crude oil to refineries.

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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