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

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Released: 2015-12-09

Canada produced 17.2 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in September, down 3.5% 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

Synthetic crude oil production declines

The decline in the production of crude oil and equivalent products in September was led by synthetic crude oil, down 17.3% to 3.9 million cubic metres, partly as a result of an unexpected shutdown at a major upgrading facility. There was also a similar decrease in light and medium crude (down 16.8% to 3.6 million cubic metres) in September, as well as a more moderate decline in heavy crude (down 9.4% to 2.0 million cubic metres).

These decreases were partially offset by a 15.8% increase in the production of crude bitumen to 6.6 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 increase

Total exports of crude oil and equivalent for September were up 12.0% from the same month a year earlier to 15.3 million cubic metres. At the same time, imports of crude oil and equivalent were relatively flat, edging down 0.4% to 2.5 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 September 30, production of crude oil and equivalent products increased 4.8% from the same quarter a year earlier to 57.1 million cubic metres. At the same time, exports of crude oil and equivalent products increased 7.9% to 45.4 million cubic metres, while imports were up 4.2% to 8.4 million cubic metres.

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

Marketable natural gas production increases

Canadian natural gas utilities received 11.7 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas in September, up 7.3% from the same month in 2014. Meanwhile, exports of natural gas to the United States from Canada rose 5.2% to 6.1 billion cubic metres and imports of natural gas were up 10.5% to 1.6 billion cubic metres.

Quarterly changes in natural gas

For the quarter ending September 30, Canadian natural gas utilities received 35.4 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas, up 5.7% from the same quarter in 2014. During the same period, exports of natural gas to the United States from Canada rose 3.8% to 18.4 billion cubic metres, while imports of natural gas declined 11.1% to 3.9 billion cubic metres.

Additional information on natural gas is available in The Daily release "Natural gas transportation and distribution" published on November 23, 2015.

  Note to readers

Data are subject to revision.

Crude oil and equivalent products include heavy, light and medium, synthetic, crude bitumen, condensate and pentanes plus.

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.

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 within their respective jurisdictions.

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