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

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Released: 2016-12-09

Canada produced 19.2 million cubic metres (121.0 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in September, up 11.6% 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

Synthetic crude production drives the increase

In September, the increase in the production of crude oil and equivalent products was mainly attributable to synthetic crude (up 31.1% to 5.1 million cubic metres), non-upgraded crude bitumen (up 9.2% to 7.2 million cubic metres) and, to a lesser extent, light and medium crude oil (up 2.1% to 3.7 million cubic metres). Meanwhile, the production of heavy crude oil declined 4.3% to 1.9 million cubic metres.

Non-upgraded crude bitumen production consisted of mined crude bitumen (6.0 million cubic metres), plus in situ crude bitumen (6.9 million cubic metres), less crude bitumen sent for further processing (5.7 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

Production of non-conventional crude oil continues to rise

In September, production of non-conventional crude oil, which consists of non-upgraded crude bitumen plus synthetic crude, increased 17.3%, while conventional crude production of light, medium and heavy crude oils edged down 0.2%.

Provincial production

Alberta produced 15.4 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in September, up 11.7% from September 2015. Alberta accounted for 80.1% of Canada's total production during the month, while Saskatchewan (2.2 million cubic metres) accounted for 11.4% and Newfoundland and Labrador (1.1 million cubic metres) represented 5.9%.

Exports and imports

Exports of crude oil and equivalent products were down 3.6% compared with the same month in 2015 to 14.8 million cubic metres. Meanwhile, imports to Canadian refineries decreased 11.1% to 2.3 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 18.2 million cubic metres in September. Closing inventories held by pipelines and terminals stood at 11.7 million cubic metres, while those from fields and plants totalled 2.9 million cubic metres, and those held at refineries were 3.6 million cubic metres.

Quarterly changes in crude oil

Production of crude oil and equivalent products increased 1.8% from the same quarter of 2015 to 58.1 million cubic metres in the third quarter. This marked the recovery of production from the lower levels during the second quarter.

Exports declined 2.6% to 44.3 million cubic metres in the third quarter, while imports to Canadian refineries increased 6.7% to 9.0 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 production of marketable natural gas totalled 13.0 billion cubic metres in September.

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

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 receipts from fields, gas gathering systems and/or gas plants.

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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