Natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, May 2018
Natural gas transmission pipelines received 560.0 million gigajoules of natural gas from fields, gathering systems and plants in May, up 3.4% from the same month in 2017. The vast majority of receipts were in Alberta (68.7%) and British Columbia (29.0%).
During the course of May, natural gas transmission and distribution systems delivered 217.7 million gigajoules to industrial consumers, 33.8 million gigajoules to residential consumers and 28.1 million gigajoules to commercial and institutional consumers.
Canadian distribution systems delivered $343.7 million worth of natural gas to residential consumers and $184.8 million worth of natural gas to commercial and institutional consumers in May.
Alberta deliveries of natural gas amounted to 149.3 million gigajoules in May. The majority (88.7%) were delivered to the industrial sector, which accounted for almost half (47.3%) of the natural gas consumed in Canada.
Meanwhile, natural gas transmission and distribution systems delivered 53.2 million gigajoules of natural gas in Ontario. The residential sector received 19.2 million gigajoules, representing 36.0% of deliveries in the province.
In May, opening inventories of natural gas in Canadian facilities totalled 586.3 million gigajoules. Inventories rose 10.4% during the month to close at 647.2 million gigajoules, following six consecutive months of withdrawals. Storage facilities tend to build inventories during the warmer months in preparation for greater demand in the winter.
Exports and imports
Canadian exports of natural gas by pipeline to the United States were 255.8 million gigajoules in May, while imports of natural gas from the United States were 42.5 million gigajoules.
Note to readers
Data on natural gas no longer correspond to marketable natural gas but represent natural gas from fields, gas-gathering systems and gas plants.
Natural gas deliveries (termed "sales" in releases prior to January 2016) include deliveries to industrial, commercial and institutional, and residential consumers.
Opening inventories correspond to inventories as of the first day of the reference month, while closing inventories correspond to inventories as of the last day of the reference month. For example, the reference period for the opening inventory in January was January 1, while the reference period for the closing inventory was January 31.
Pipeline fuel is used to power compressors to move gas through pipelines.
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