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Pipeline transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products, October 2017

Released: 2017-12-18

Crude oil receipts

Pipelines received 21.1 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products from Canadian fields and plants in October, up 1.8% compared with the same month in 2016. The vast majority originated in Alberta (85.8%), followed by Saskatchewan (11.0%).

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

Crude oil deliveries

Pipelines delivered 7.2 million cubic metres of crude oil to Canadian refineries in October, up 1.2% from the same month a year earlier. Of this total, 66.2% was sent to refineries in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, while the balance was delivered to Ontario and Quebec refineries.

Exports and imports

Pipelines exported 14.6 million cubic metres of crude oil to the United States in October, up 5.7% from the same month in 2016. Imports by pipelines from the United States totalled 1.7 million cubic metres.

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

Closing inventories

Closing inventories of crude oil totalled 11.6 million cubic metres in October, down 4.9% compared with the same month in 2016.

  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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