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Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition, May 2017

Released: 2017-08-11

Canada produced 19.2 million cubic metres (120.9 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in May, up 30.1% compared with the same month in 2016.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Production of crude oil and equivalent products
Production of crude oil and equivalent products

Crude oil production

In May, the production of crude oil and equivalent products increased considerably compared with the same month in 2016, when the Fort McMurray wildfires significantly affected oil sands activity in Alberta. The growth was driven primarily by synthetic crude (up 156.6% to 4.4 million cubic metres) and non-upgraded crude bitumen (up 22.8% to 7.4 million cubic metres). Light and medium crude (up 4.9% to 4.0 million cubic metres) and heavy crude (up 0.7% to 1.9 million cubic metres) also contributed to the monthly increase in production.

Exports and imports

Exports of crude oil and equivalent products rose 20.5% in May compared with the same month in 2016, to 16.9 million cubic metres.

Over the same period, imports to Canadian refineries increased 1.6% to 3.4 million cubic metres.

Marketable natural gas

Canada produced 13.8 billion cubic metres of marketable natural gas in May, up 7.3% compared with the same month in 2016.

Additional information on natural gas is available in "Natural gas transmission, storage and distribution," published in The Daily on July 24, 2017.

  Note to readers

As of the March 2016 reference month, content and methodology changes were made to the Monthly Oil and Other Liquid Petroleum Products Pipeline Survey. For more information, consult the Monthly Oil and Other Liquid Petroleum Products Pipeline Survey.

Data on crude oil and equivalent products, previously found in CANSIM table 126-0001, are now published in CANSIM table 126-0003. While CANSIM table 126-0001 will remain available for reference, users should exercise caution when comparing data with those of the new CANSIM table.

Information on the disposition of crude oil and equivalent products to refineries by province and on exports to the United States by district were discontinued. New data on imports, exports, input to Canadian refineries and inventories were added to CANSIM table 126-0003.

Data from January 2016 to April 2017 have been revised.

Crude oil and equivalent products include heavy, light and medium crude oil, synthetic crude oil, crude bitumen, condensate, and pentanes plus.

Export data are a combination of National Energy Board data and survey respondents' data.

Import data include imports of crude oil by refineries and by others.

Total marketable gas includes receipts from fields, gas gathering systems and/or gas plants.

The crude oil and natural gas supply and disposition program uses respondent data as well as administrative data provided by federal, provincial and territorial authorities with regulatory responsibilities within their respective jurisdictions.

Contact information

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