Natural gas transportation and distribution, October 2015
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Natural gas utilities received 12.3 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas in October, up 2.7% from the same month in 2014 and the seventh consecutive year-over-year increase.
Gas utilities sold 6.2 billion cubic metres of natural gas in October, up 3.2%. Meanwhile, revenues were down 26.7% from 12 months earlier to $957.3 million. Low prices have continued the trend of depressed natural gas revenues.
The volume of sales increased across all market segments, including industrial (+3.8%), commercial (+3.0%) and residential (+0.5%) compared with the same month a year earlier.
In October, total receipts of marketable gas in Alberta were up 5.7% to 9.0 billion cubic metres. At the same time, British Columbia posted a 3.1% decrease to 3.0 billion cubic metres.
Revenues continue downward trend
Most provinces posted lower revenues in October, largely attributable to sustained low natural gas prices. Revenues in Alberta were down 56.7% to $198.1 million, while in Ontario they were down 5.2% to $441.3 million.
By province, Alberta (up 4.3% to 3.1 billion cubic metres) and British Columbia (up 18.1% to 464.6 million cubic metres) reported the two biggest changes in natural gas sales compared with October 2014.
Canada's imports of natural gas by pipelines from the United States rose 47.3% to 1.6 billion cubic metres in October.
Exports of natural gas to the United States rose 2.5% to 6.4 billion cubic metres.
Note to readers
Data for September 2015 have been revised.
Import and export data are a combination of National Energy Board and survey data.
Marketable gas data reported for British Columbia also include data for Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
Total marketable gas includes gas received from fields and processing or reprocessing plants after re-injection, field uses, plant shrinkage, plant use and losses have been deducted.
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