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Supply and disposition of refined petroleum products, November 2018

Released: 2019-02-15

Refinery receipts of crude oil and refinery production decreased in November, while domestic sales of refined petroleum products increased compared with the same month in 2017.

Refinery receipts down

Canadian refineries received 8.0 million cubic metres of crude oil in November, down 4.0% 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

Over the same period, domestic crude oil received by refineries was up 5.5% to 6.1 million cubic metres.

Imports of crude oil to refineries decreased 25.1% to 1.9 million cubic metres.

Crude oil inventories held at refineries totalled 3.3 million cubic metres in November, up 14.5% from the same month in 2017.

Crude oil used in refinery production declines

Total crude oil and equivalent products used in refinery production decreased 2.6% year over year to 8.0 million cubic metres in November.

Refinery production down and sales up

Production of refined petroleum products was down 1.4% year over year to 9.2 million cubic metres in November.

Over the same period, domestic sales were up 5.2% to 9.5 million cubic metres. The main contributors to the increase were motor gasoline (+3.5%) and diesel fuel oil (+4.7%).

Chart 2  Chart 2: Domestic sales by product
Domestic sales by product

Imports and exports decline

In November, Canadian imports of refined petroleum products totalled 1.3 million cubic metres, down 3.0% from the same month a year earlier.

Meanwhile, exports of refined petroleum products declined 27.5% to 1.8 million cubic metres, following a 31.2% decrease in October. The lower exports were due in large part to a temporary refinery shutdown.

Inventories up

Closing inventories of refined petroleum products held by refineries increased 5.7% year over year to 7.7 million cubic metres in November.

  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).

In early 2019, this Daily article will be part of a new consolidated monthly energy release where data from multiple monthly energy surveys will be released on the same day.

Additionally, the monthly refined petroleum products program will be updated starting with the January 2019 reference month.

Crude oil and equivalent charged are combined with other materials charged as feedstocks to calculate total refinery production in order to obtain total refined petroleum products plus refinery losses.

Total other materials charged as feedstocks are materials from petroleum or other sources which are external to the refinery and which are charged to the refinery as inputs.

Refinery losses are the volume difference between production of refined petroleum products and crude oil and other materials charged. Most products produced by modern refineries have a specific gravity (density) that is lighter than crude oil. The resulting volumetric gain is shown as deduction from refinery production to ensure balancing of outputs and inputs.

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 are subject to revisions.

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