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Supply and disposition of refined petroleum products, April 2016

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Released: 2016-07-14

Refinery production

9.2 million cubic metres

April 2016


(12-month change)

Refinery receipts decrease

Canadian refineries received 7.7 million cubic metres of crude oil in April, a 4.6% decrease from the same month in 2015.

Over the same period, refinery receipts of domestic crude oil fell 6.8% to 4.7 million cubic metres.

Crude oil imports were down 1.0% to 3.0 million cubic metres in April, representing 39.5% of total crude oil received at refineries in Canada.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Refinery receipts of crude oil and equivalent products
Refinery receipts of crude oil and equivalent products

Crude oil held at refineries declined 1.3% to 3.9 million cubic metres in April compared with the same month the previous year.

Production and sales increase

Year over year, refinery production increased 9.2% to 9.2 million cubic metres in April, while domestic sales of refined petroleum products rose 1.7% to 8.3 million cubic metres.

Imports and exports down

Canada imported 0.9 million cubic metres of refined petroleum products in April, a 21.5% decrease compared with the same month in 2015.

Exports of refined petroleum products were down 13.2% to 2.2 million cubic metres in April, the sixth consecutive year-over-year decline.

Inventories decrease

Closing inventories of refined petroleum products held at refineries in April decreased 8.2% from the same month the previous year to 7.8 million cubic metres. The decline was primarily due to lower inventories of motor gasoline (-14.5%) and diesel (-10.0%).

Chart 2  Chart 2: Closing inventory of refined petroleum products
Closing inventory of refined petroleum products

  Note to readers

The Monthly Refined Petroleum Products survey collects data on the activities of every Canadian refinery involved in the production of refined petroleum products (North American Industry Classification System [NAICS] 324000) and of selected major distributors of these products (NAICS 412000).

Domestic sales include all sales by reporting companies, excluding exports and sales to other reporting companies.

Refinery receipts of crude oil and equivalent hydrocarbons (condensates and pentanes plus) from domestic and foreign sources are for refinery consumption or storage.

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