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Supply and disposition of refined petroleum products, September 2017

Released: 2017-12-13

Refinery receipts of crude oil, production of refined petroleum products and domestic sales of refined petroleum products were up in September compared with the same month in 2016.

Refinery receipts up

Canadian refineries received 8.5 million cubic metres of crude oil in September, up 20.7% from the same month a year earlier.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Refinery receipts of crude oil and equivalent products
Refinery receipts of crude oil and equivalent products

Imports to Canadian refineries, which tend to be volatile, were up 33.1% from September 2016 to 3.0 million cubic metres.

Domestic receipts were up 14.9% from September 2016 to 5.5 million cubic metres.

Crude oil inventories held at refineries totalled 3.7 million cubic metres in September, up 2.7% from the same month in 2016.

Refinery production and sales rise

Refinery production increased 12.9% from September 2016 to 9.7 million cubic metres in September.

Domestic sales of refined petroleum products rose 2.2% to 9.3 million cubic metres. The increase was attributable to higher sales of diesel fuel oil and other petroleum products, while sales of motor gasoline decreased compared with September 2016.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Domestic sales of refined petroleum products, by product
Domestic sales of refined petroleum products, by product

Imports down while exports rise

Canadian imports of refined petroleum products totalled 1.7 million cubic metres in September, down 13.4% from the same month in 2016. Meanwhile, exports increased 24.3% to 2.2 million cubic metres.

Inventories up

Closing inventories of refined petroleum products held by refineries increased 1.7% year over year to 7.8 million cubic metres in September.

Third quarter review for 2017

Canadian refineries received 26.3 million cubic metres of crude oil in the third quarter, up 7.9% from the same quarter in 2016.

Over the same period, refinery production rose 5.4% to 30.2 million cubic metres and domestic sales increased 3.8% to 29.2 million cubic metres.

Petroleum product imports decreased 14.2% to 4.7 million cubic metres, while exports increased 16.0% to 7.3 million cubic metres.


  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 are subject to revisions.

Contact information

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