Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition, October 2016
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Canada produced 20.0 million cubic metres (126.0 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in October, up 7.5% compared with the same month in 2015.
Synthetic crude continues to drive the increase
Higher production of crude oil and equivalent products was wide ranging in October. Production of synthetic crude oil rose 27.1% to 5.5 million cubic metres, light and medium crude oil output increased 6.6% to 3.8 million cubic metres, while non-upgraded crude bitumen edged up 0.9% to 7.5 million cubic metres. Meanwhile, heavy crude oil declined 5.3% to 2.0 million cubic metres.
Non-upgraded crude bitumen production consisted of mined crude bitumen (6.5 million cubic metres), plus in situ crude bitumen (7.3 million cubic metres), minus crude bitumen sent for further processing (6.3 million cubic metres).
Production of non-conventional crude oil continues to rise
In October, crude oil production (excluding equivalent products) totalled 18.8 million cubic metres. Non-conventional crude oil production, which consisted of non-upgraded crude bitumen and synthetic crude oil, increased 10.5% to 13.0 million cubic metres, its highest level since August 2015. Meanwhile, conventional crude production of light, medium and heavy crude oils amounted to 5.8 million cubic metres, up 2.2% compared with the same month in 2015.
Alberta produced 16.1 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in October, up 5.7% from October 2015. The province accounted for 80.3% of Canada's total production. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan produced 2.2 million cubic metres or 11.2% of the total, while Newfoundland and Labrador (1.2 million cubic metres) represented 5.8% of total Canadian production.
Refinery use of crude oil
In October, input of crude oil to Canadian refineries totalled 6.8 million cubic metres. Conventional crude represented almost two-thirds (64.8%) of the total, while non-conventional accounted for the remainder (35.2%). Light and medium (3.2 million cubic metres) and synthetic crude oil (2.1 million cubic metres) were the main types of crude used by Canadian refineries.
Exports and imports
Exports of crude oil and equivalent products totalled 15.2 million cubic metres in October, up 4.9% compared with the same month in 2015. Imports to Canadian refineries decreased 3.9% to 2.1 million cubic metres, the lowest level since February 2016.
Closing inventories of crude oil and equivalent products stood at 19.2 million cubic metres in October. Closing inventories held by pipelines and terminals amounted to 12.2 million cubic metres, while those from fields and plants totalled 3.0 million cubic metres. Closing inventories held at refineries stood at 4.0 million cubic metres.
Canadian production of marketable natural gas totalled 13.3 billion cubic metres in October.
Additional information on natural gas is available in "Natural gas transmission, storage and distribution," published in The Daily on December 15, 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 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 from January to September 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 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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