Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition, July 2016
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Canada produced 19.0 million cubic metres (119.2 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in July, down 3.8% compared with the same month in 2015.
Production of non-upgraded crude bitumen increases
In July, production of crude oil and equivalent products continued to recover from the effects of both the Alberta wildfire in May, and spring maintenance at various oil sands facilities. The recovery in production was mainly attributable to non-upgraded crude bitumen, which rose 4.7% from July 2015 to a record high 7.7 million cubic metres.
The increase in non-upgraded crude bitumen was partially offset by a decline in the production of synthetic crude oil, down 17.0% from July 2015 to 4.5 million cubic metres. Despite the year-over-year decrease in July, synthetic crude oil production continued to recover from the lower levels recorded in the previous three months.
Meanwhile, the production of light and medium crude oil fell 9.7% to 3.5 million cubic metres in July, and that of heavy crude oil declined 5.0% to 2.0 million cubic metres.
Non-upgraded crude bitumen production in July consisted of mined crude bitumen (5.8 million cubic metres), plus in situ crude bitumen (6.9 million cubic metres), less crude bitumen sent for further processing (5.0 million cubic metres).
Non-conventional crude oil production rises
In July, crude oil production (excluding equivalents) totalled 17.6 million cubic metres. Non-conventional crude oil production, which consists of non-upgraded crude bitumen plus synthetic crude oil, reached 12.1 million cubic metres, accounting for almost 70% of total crude oil. This proportion was up from about 60% five years earlier.
Alberta drives production of crude oil and equivalent products
In July, Alberta produced 15.4 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products, down 4.5% from the same month in 2015. The province accounted for 81.5% of Canada's total production. Over the same month, Saskatchewan produced 2.2 million cubic metres, or 11.6% of the total.
Exports and imports
Exports of crude oil and equivalent products totalled 13.9 million cubic metres in July, down 3.5% from July 2015. Meanwhile, imports to Canadian refineries increased 17.5% to 3.5 million cubic metres, the highest level since January 2013.
Closing inventories of crude oil and equivalent products totalled 18.4 million cubic metres in July. Closing inventories held by pipelines and terminals were 12.0 million cubic metres, while those from fields and plants totalled 2.6 million cubic metres, and those held at refineries were 3.8 million cubic metres.
Canadian marketable production of natural gas totalled 13.3 billion cubic metres in July.
Additional information on natural gas is available in "Natural gas transmission, storage and distribution," published in The Daily on September 23, 2016.
Note to readers
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 data 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 are subject to revision. Data from January 2014 to June 2016 have been revised.
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.
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