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Pipeline transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products, April 2018

Released: 2018-06-25

Crude oil receipts

Pipelines received 19.7 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products from Canadian fields and plants in April, up 6.7% compared with the same month in 2017. The vast majority originated in Alberta (85.1%), followed by Saskatchewan (11.4%).

Chart 1  Chart 1: Pipeline receipts of crude oil from fields and plants
Pipeline receipts of crude oil from fields and plants

Crude oil deliveries

Pipelines delivered 6.3 million cubic metres of crude oil to Canadian refineries in April, down 9.7% compared with a year earlier. Of this total, 59.3% was sent to refineries in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, while the balance was delivered to Ontario and Quebec refineries.

Exports and imports

Pipelines exported 15.2 million cubic metres of crude oil to the United States in April, up 5.3% compared with the previous year. Most of Canadian crude oil is exported. Canada is the largest foreign supplier of crude oil to the United States. Imports by pipelines from the United States totalled 1.8 million cubic metres.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Exports of crude oil by pipeline
Exports of crude oil by pipeline

Closing inventories

Closing inventories of crude oil in April totalled 13.1 million cubic metres, up 13.9% compared with the same month one year ago.

Propane, butane, and other products

Pipelines received 2.9 million cubic metres of propane, butane, and other products from Canadian fields and plants in April. Meanwhile, closing inventories of propane, butane and other products totalled 1.3 million cubic metres.

  Note to readers

As of the April 2018 reference month, data is now available to January 2016. Additionally, data from March 2016 to December 2017 have been revised.

Starting with reference month January 2018, the survey's coverage of propane, butane, and other products was expanded to improve the data quality of the program. As a result, comparisons to past estimates may be affected by the increased coverage.

Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted.

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

Definitions

Crude oil and equivalent products include the following liquid hydrocarbons: crude oil, condensate, pentanes plus, and synthetic crude oil.

Inventories include inventories held in pipelines, tanks and terminals, but exclude inventories held in field batteries and inventories held in the United States.

Receipts from fields and plants include receipts from batteries and terminals associated with field separators and field upgraders, and receipts from gas processing plants and extraction plants. Receipts from fractionation plants are excluded.

Imports include receipts of foreign-produced oil, condensate, natural gas liquids and petroleum products destined for use in Canada.

Exports include deliveries of Canadian-produced oil, condensate, natural gas liquids and petroleum products destined for use outside Canada.

Deliveries to refineries include deliveries to upgrader/refinery complexes.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; STATCAN.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.STATCAN@canada.ca).

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