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Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition, June 2016

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Released: 2016-09-09

Canada produced 15.7 million cubic metres (98.8 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in June, down 9.3% compared with the same month in 2015.

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

Production of synthetic crude oil decreases

In June, the year-over-year decline in the production of crude oil and equivalent products was led by synthetic crude oil, down 36.7% from June 2015 to 2.8 million cubic metres. This decline was attributable to the northern Alberta wildfire in May, as well as ongoing maintenance at oil sands facilities.

Production of light and medium crude oil fell 10.4% to 3.3 million cubic metres in June, while heavy crude oil declined 3.9% to 1.9 million cubic metres. These declines were partially offset by increased production of non-upgraded crude bitumen, up 3.2% to 6.4 million cubic metres.

Non-upgraded crude bitumen production in June consisted of mined crude bitumen (3.6 million cubic metres), plus in situ crude bitumen (5.9 million cubic metres), less crude bitumen sent for further processing (3.1 million cubic metres).

Chart 2  Chart 2 : Production of crude oil and equivalent products by type of product
Production of crude oil and equivalent products by type of product

Alberta produced 12.3 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in June, down 11.5% from the same month in 2015. Alberta accounted for 78.5% of Canada's total production in the month.

Exports and imports

Exports of crude oil and equivalent products totalled 13.3 million cubic metres in June, down 1.7% from June 2015. Meanwhile, imports to Canadian refineries decreased 3.6% to 2.9 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

Inventories

Closing inventories of crude oil and equivalent products totalled 17.9 million cubic metres in June. Closing inventories held by pipelines and terminals were 11.4 million cubic metres, while those from fields and plants totalled 2.8 million cubic metres, and those held at refineries were 3.7 million cubic metres.

Quarterly changes in crude oil

Compared with the same quarter a year earlier, production of crude oil and equivalent products was down 7.2% in the second quarter to 47.7 million cubic metres. This was the lowest second quarter production since 2013. The wildfire in Alberta contributed to the quarterly drop in production.

Over the same period, exports declined 2.3% to 41.4 million cubic metres, while imports to Canadian refineries increased by 2.7% to 9.3 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

Natural gas

Canadian marketable production of natural gas totalled 12.9 billion cubic metres in June.

Additional information on natural gas is available in "Natural gas transmission, storage and distribution," published in The Daily on August 23, 2016.

  Note to readers

As part of Statistics Canada's Integrated Business Statistics Program, the surveys that supply estimates to the crude oil and natural gas supply and disposition program have changed. As of the March 2016 reference month, content and methodology changes were made to the Monthly Oil and Other Liquid Petroleum Products Pipeline Survey to provide readers with more detailed industry data.

For more information, consult Monthly Oil and Other Liquid Petroleum Products Pipeline Survey.

Data on crude oil and equivalent products, previously found in CANSIM table 126-0001, are now published in CANSIM table 126-0003. While CANSIM table 126-0001 will remain available for reference, users should exercise caution when comparing its estimates with those of the new CANSIM table.

As of the March 2016 reference month, information on the disposition of crude oil and equivalent products to refineries by province and on exports to the United States by district were discontinued. New data on imports, exports, input to Canadian refineries and inventories were added to CANSIM table 126-0003.

Data on crude oil and equivalent products in this release are expressed in cubic metres, while data in CANSIM are available in both cubic metres and barrels.

Data are subject to revision.

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

Export data are a combination of National Energy Board data and survey data reported by respondents.

Import data include imports of crude oil by refineries and by others.

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 supply and disposition program 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.

Contact information

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