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Natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, September 2018

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Released: 2018-11-26

Natural gas transmission pipelines received 542.6 million gigajoules of natural gas from fields, gathering systems and plants in September, up 3.0% from the same month in 2017. The vast majority of receipts were in Alberta (69.5%) and British Columbia (28.5%).

In September, natural gas transmission and distribution systems delivered 211.2 million gigajoules to industrial consumers, 21.4 million gigajoules to residential consumers and 21.7 million gigajoules to commercial and institutional consumers.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Canadian monthly natural gas deliveries
Canadian monthly natural gas deliveries

Canadian natural gas distribution systems reported $262.2 million in revenues from residential consumers and $136.6 million from commercial and institutional consumers in September.

Provincial deliveries

Alberta deliveries of natural gas totalled 154.1 million gigajoules in September. The vast majority (92.1%) were delivered to the industrial sector, which accounted for 55.8% of all natural gas delivered in Canada.

In Ontario, natural gas transmission and distribution systems delivered 44.8 million gigajoules of natural gas. Of this total, 8.9 million gigajoules were delivered to the residential sector, which accounted for 41.4% of deliveries to residential consumers in Canada.

Inventories

In September, opening inventories of natural gas held in Canadian facilities totalled 872.3 million gigajoules. During the month, inventories rose 3.4% to close at 902.2 million gigajoules. Opening to closing inventories increased for the fifth consecutive month in preparation for higher winter demand.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Canadian monthly natural gas inventories
Canadian monthly natural gas inventories

Exports and imports

Canadian exports of natural gas by pipeline to the United States totalled 241.9 million gigajoules in September, while imports from the United States were 71.7 million gigajoules.

Chart 3  Chart 3: Canadian imports and exports of natural gas
Canadian imports and exports of natural gas

Quarterly review

For the quarter ending September 30, transmission pipelines received 1.7 billion gigajoules of natural gas from fields and plants, up 4.9% from the same quarter in 2017.

Transmission and distribution systems delivered 745.7 million gigajoules of natural gas to Canadian consumers, up 5.6% from the same quarter in 2017.

Pipelines exported 782.1 million gigajoules of natural gas to the United States in the third quarter, down 3.1% from the same quarter in 2017.

  Note to readers

Definitions

As of reference month January 2016, the term marketable natural gas was replaced by the current term, 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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