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Natural gas transportation and distribution, November 2015

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Natural gas utilities received 12.0 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas in November, down 7.0% from the same month in 2014.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Marketable natural gas
Marketable natural gas

Gas utilities sold 8.1 billion cubic metres of natural gas in November, down 2.3%. Revenues decreased 15.1% to $1.5 billion. Low prices continued to contribute to the downward trend in natural gas revenues.

The volume of sales to the residential (-9.1%) and commercial (-7.1%) sectors was down compared with the same month a year earlier, while the volume of sales to the industrial sector was up 1.7%.

In November, total receipts of marketable gas were down 9.0% to 8.6 billion cubic metres in Alberta, while they fell 0.5% to 3.0 billion cubic metres in British Columbia.

Revenues continue downward trend

Most provinces posted lower revenues in November, largely attributable to sustained low natural gas prices. Revenues were down 31.1% to $335.9 million in Alberta and down 12.6% to $595.4 million in Ontario.

In terms of volume, Ontario recorded the largest decline in natural gas sales in November, down 11.5% from November 2014 to 2.1 billion cubic metres. Conversely, British Columbia posted the largest increase, with sales up 10.3% to 712.7 million cubic metres.

Imports decrease

Canada's imports of natural gas by pipelines from the United States decreased 12.7% to 1.5 billion cubic metres in November.

Exports of natural gas to the United States decreased 6.4% to 6.3 billion cubic metres.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Natural gas exports and imports
Natural gas exports and imports

  Note to readers

Data for July to October 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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