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Natural gas transportation and distribution for August 2015

Ottawa - Natural gas utilities received 11.9 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas in August, up 4.9% from the same month in 2014. Gas utilities sold 5.3 billion cubic metres of natural gas in August, up 6.8%. Meanwhile, revenues were down 35.0% from 12 months earlier to $726.7 million. Low natural gas prices continued to put downward pressure on natural gas revenues.

In August, total receipts of marketable gas in Alberta increased 10.7% to 8.4 billion cubic metres, while in British Columbia, they decreased 3.9% to 3.1 billion cubic metres.

Sales of natural gas in Alberta (up 8.8% to 2.9 billion cubic metres) and Saskatchewan (up 29.4% to 497.0 million cubic metres) showed the largest changes among the provinces compared with August 2014.

Revenues down in seven provinces

Lower natural gas prices contributed to reduced revenues in seven provinces. Revenues were down 4.9% to $397.5 million in Ontario, while the fell 67.9% to $132.0 million in Alberta. Year over year, revenues fell for the ninth consecutive month in Alberta.

Imports continue to decline

Canada's imports of natural gas decreased year over year for the 17th consecutive month, down 10.5% to 1.2 billion cubic metres in August, driven by lower demand in Ontario.

Exports of natural gas by pipelines to the United States rose 0.5% to 6.1 billion cubic metres.

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