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Supply and disposition of refined petroleum products, May 2018

Released: 2018-08-15

Continued refinery shutdowns for planned maintenance resulted in lower crude oil receipts and refinery production in May compared with the same month in 2017. This was the second consecutive month of sharp decline in crude oil receipts and refinery production.

Less crude oil received by refineries

Canadian refineries received 7.3 million cubic metres of crude oil in May, down 15.6% from the same month a year earlier.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Crude oil and equivalent products received by refineries
Crude oil and equivalent products received by refineries

Imports of crude oil to refineries were down 19.9% from May 2017 to 2.7 million cubic metres. Domestic crude oil received by refineries declined 12.8% to 4.6 million cubic metres.

Crude oil inventories held at refineries totalled 3.2 million cubic metres in May, up 8.6% from the same month in 2017.

Crude oil used in refinery production declines

Total crude oil and equivalent products used in refinery production decreased 23.2% year over year to 6.5 million cubic metres in May.

Refinery production down and sales up

Production of refined petroleum products was down 21.5% year over year to 7.4 million cubic metres in May. Planned refinery shutdowns for maintenance contributed to the lower production in May.

Meanwhile, domestic sales increased 5.4% to 9.4 million cubic metres.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Net refinery production by product
Net refinery production by product

Imports increase while exports decline

In May, Canadian imports of refined petroleum products rose 34.9% from the same month a year earlier to 2.1 million cubic metres. The increase in imports was attributable to lower refinery production.

Meanwhile, exports of refined petroleum products declined 13.5% to 2.2 million cubic metres.

Inventories up

Closing inventories of refined petroleum products held by refineries increased 0.8% year over year to 7.3 million cubic metres in May.

  Note to readers

The Monthly Refined Petroleum Products survey collects data on the activities of every Canadian refinery involved in the production of refined petroleum products (North American Industry Classification System [NAICS] 324000) and of selected major distributors of these products (NAICS 412000).

Domestic sales include all sales by reporting companies, excluding exports and sales to other reporting companies.

Refinery receipts of crude oil and equivalent hydrocarbons (condensates and pentanes plus) from domestic and foreign sources are for refinery consumption or storage.

Data from January 2014 to April 2018 have been revised.

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