Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition, August 2016
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Canada produced 19.9 million cubic metres (125.3 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in August, down 1.3% compared with the same month in 2015.
Increase in production of non-upgraded crude bitumen
Production of crude oil and equivalent products continued to increase in August, reaching its highest level since January 2016. The gain was mainly attributable to production of non-upgraded crude bitumen, which rose 2.3% from the same month in 2015 to 7.5 million cubic metres.
The increase in non-upgraded crude bitumen production in August was partially offset by an 8.7% decline in synthetic crude production to 5.2 million cubic metres. Despite the year-over-year decline, synthetic crude oil continued to recover from the lower levels recorded from April to July.
Meanwhile, production of light and medium crude oil fell 1.2% to 3.9 million cubic metres, and that of heavy crude oil declined 7.2% to 2.0 million cubic metres.
Production of non-upgraded crude bitumen in August consisted of mined crude bitumen (6.3 million cubic metres), plus in situ crude bitumen (7.1 million cubic metres), less crude bitumen sent for further processing (5.9 million cubic metres).
Production of non-conventional crude oil continues to rise
In August, crude oil production (excluding equivalent products) totalled 18.6 million cubic metres. Non-conventional crude oil production, which consists of non-upgraded crude bitumen plus synthetic crude oil, reached 12.8 million cubic metres, its highest level since August 2015. Meanwhile, conventional crude oil production, which consists of light and medium crude oil, and heavy crude oil, totalled 5.8 million cubic metres.
Provincial production of crude oil and equivalent products
In August, Alberta produced 16.0 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products, down 3.1% from the same month in 2015. The province accounted for 80.3% of Canada's total production. Over the same month, Saskatchewan produced 2.2 million cubic metres, or 11.0% of the total.
Newfoundland and Labrador produced 1.2 million cubic metres, representing 5.9% of Canada's total production of crude oil and equivalent products.
Exports and imports
Exports of crude oil and equivalent products totalled 15.6 million cubic metres in August, down 0.7% compared with the same month in 2015. Despite the year-over-year decrease, exports were at their highest level since January 2016. Meanwhile, imports to Canadian refineries increased 11.0% to 3.2 million cubic metres.
Closing inventories of crude oil and equivalent products totalled 17.9 million cubic metres in August. Closing inventories held by pipelines and terminals were 11.1 million cubic metres, while those from fields and plants totalled 2.9 million cubic metres, and those held at refineries were 3.9 million cubic metres.
Canadian marketable production of natural gas totalled 13.7 billion cubic metres in August.
Additional information on natural gas is available in "Natural gas transmission, storage and distribution," published in The Daily on October 24, 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. 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.
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 2016 to July 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 with regulatory responsibilities within their respective jurisdictions.
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