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

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Released: 2018-11-26

Crude oil receipts down

Pipelines received 20.5 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products from fields and plants in September, down 2.2% compared with the same month in 2017. The vast majority originated in Alberta (86.4%), followed by Saskatchewan (10.4%).

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

Closing inventories up

In September, closing inventories of crude oil rose 9.2% year over year to 12.7 million cubic metres.

Crude oil deliveries up

Pipelines delivered 7.4 million cubic metres of crude oil to Canadian refineries in September, an increase of 0.5% compared with the same month a year earlier. Of the total volume, 63.5% was sent to Western Canadian refineries, while the balance was delivered to refineries in Ontario and Quebec.

Crude oil trade

Exports of crude oil and equivalent products by pipeline to the United States rose 1.7% year over year to 14.7 million cubic metres in September. Meanwhile, imports totalled 1.6 million cubic metres.

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

Propane, butane and other products

Pipelines received 2.9 million cubic metres of propane, butane, and other products from Canadian fields and plants in September, while closing inventories totalled 1.8 million cubic metres.

Quarterly review

Pipelines received 64.8 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products from Canadian fields and plants in the third quarter, down 0.3% year over year, while exports by pipeline to the United States rose 3.3% to 45.2 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."

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

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