Natural gas transmission pipelines received 492.0 million gigajoules of natural gas from fields, gathering systems and plants in February, a 3.6% decrease compared with the same month in 2016. Seven provinces posted receipts, with Alberta (68.4%) and British Columbia (28.4%) holding the majority.
Natural gas transmission and distribution systems delivered 197.3 million gigajoules to industrial consumers, 95.3 million gigajoules to residential consumers and 77.8 million gigajoules to commercial and institutional consumers in February
In Alberta, February deliveries of natural gas totalled 157.4 million gigajoules, a 15.4% increase compared to the same month in 2016. The majority (74.7%) were delivered to the industrial sector. Alberta industrial deliveries accounted for 31.8% of the natural gas consumed in Canada.
In Ontario, 116.9 million gigajoules of natural gas were delivered, a 3.9% decrease compared with February 2016. The residential sector received 42.8% of these deliveries, while the commercial and industrial sectors received 28.9% and 28.4%, respectively.
Opening and closing inventories
Opening inventories of natural gas in Canadian facilities totalled 756.9 million gigajoules. Inventories decreased 9.7% in February to close at 683.5 million gigajoules. This was the fifth consecutive month of net withdrawals from storage.
Closing inventories in Western Canada decreased 7.5% to 484.8 million gigajoules, while closing inventories in Central Canada decreased 14.7% to 198.7 million gigajoules.
Exports and imports
Canada exported 270.5 million gigajoules of natural gas by pipeline to the United States in February, up 2.6% from the same month in 2016. Imports of natural gas from the United States rose 73.7% to 106.9 million gigajoules compared to February 2016.
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