Pipeline transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products, May 2018
Crude oil receipts up
Pipelines in Canada received 21.2 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products from fields and plants in May, up 7.5% compared with the same month in 2017. The vast majority originated in Alberta (86.0%), followed by Saskatchewan (10.9%).
Crude oil deliveries down
Pipelines delivered 6.5 million cubic metres of crude oil to Canadian refineries in May, down 5.7% compared with a year earlier. Scheduled maintenance at several large refineries contributed to the decline. Of the total volume, 64.5% 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 15.9 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products to the United States in May, up 5.3% compared with the same month a year earlier, while imports of the same products were 2.0 million cubic metres.
Closing inventories increase
Closing inventories of crude oil in May totalled 13.5 million cubic metres, up 18.8% compared with the same month a year earlier.
Propane, butane, and other products
Pipelines received 2.9 million cubic metres of propane, butane, and other products from Canadian fields and plants in May. Meanwhile, closing inventories of propane, butane and other products totalled 1.3 million cubic metres.
Note to readers
Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted.
For more information, consult the methodology document Monthly Oil and Other Liquid Petroleum Products Pipeline Survey.
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.
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