Propane and Butanes Annual Export Summary – 2019

Table 1: Summary of Trade

Table 1: Summary of Trade
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Propane Exports
Volume (m³) 6 524 563 6 659 076 8 021 304 8 846 020 10 832 125
Volume (bbl) 41 039 501 41 885 588 50 454 002 55 641 466 68 134 066
Value ($) 859 790 965 982 300 398 1 901 085 523 2 232 867 958 1 987 976 679
Price (¢/L) 13.18 14.75 23.70 25.24 18.35
Butanes Exports
Volume (m³) 1 408 202 1 080 347 1 718 587 2 384 452 3 313 856
Volume (bbl) 8 857 591 6 795 383 10 809 912 14 998 203 20 844 154
Value ($) 260 687 748 216 071 611 454 579 669 620 112 683 530 960 264
Price (¢/L) 18.51 20.00 26.45 26.01 16.02
m³ = cubic metres
bbl = barrels
L = litre
1 m³ = 6.29 barrels or 1000 L
¢/L = cents per litre

The data in this page are provided in EXCEL format (.XLSX) and are updated annually. Export data is filed with the Canada Energy Regulator 30 days after the end of each month. For the latest export data, including updates and revisions, please visit the Commodity Statistics portal.

Figure Data [EXCEL 98 KB] – Updated 26 February 2020

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Figure 1: Monthly Propane and Butanes Export Volumes and Values

This figure shows propane and butanes export volumes and values. The bars show the export volumes against the left axis, and the dots show the value of the exports against the right axis. Propane export volumes increased by 22% since 2018, and export values decreased by 11%. Butanes export volumes increased by 39% and values decreased by 14%.

Source and Description

Source: CER Commodity Tracking System Statistics as of 26 February 2020: Natural Gas Liquids – Propane and Butanes – Export Volume Summary; Export Price

Figure Description: This data description is in metric units (for imperial units, please visit the source linked above).

Propane: In 2019, 10 832 125 cubic metres or $1 987 976 679 of propane was exported from Canada. January had the highest volume exported in 2019 at 1 150 762 cubic metres. April had the lowest volume exported at 715 914 cubic metres. January had the highest-value of exports at $241 million. September had the lowest-value of exports at $117 million.

Butanes: In 2019, 3 313 856 cubic metres or $530 960 264 of butanes were exported from Canada. March had the highest volume exported at 349 994 cubic metres. November had the lowest volume exported at 213 508 cubic metres. March had the highest-valued exports at $76 million. July had the lowest-valued exports at $24 million.

Figure 2: Propane and Butanes Export Volumes to U.S. by Region

The map shows the Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADDs) in the United States (U.S.) The PADDs cover the following regions: U.S. East Coast (PADD I), U.S. Midwest (PADD II), U.S. Gulf Coast (PADD III), U.S. Rockies (PADD IV), and U.S. West Coast (PADD V).

The U.S. is Canada’s largest export market for propane and butanes. In 2019, over 75% of propane and butanes exports went to the U.S. as volumes to non-U.S. countries significantly increased. The bars in Figure 2 show monthly export volumes to each PADD. PADD I, PADD II, and PADD V receive the largest share of NGLs exported from Canada to the U.S.

The CER does not collect NGL export data beyond the first export destination. For example, if propane exports to PADD III are later exported to Mexico, this is reported to the CER as exports to PADD III. Exports of propane to PADD V have grown in recent years because of higher exports to overseas markets from the Petrogas marine terminal in Ferndale, Washington. Exports to PADD III have grown in recent years because of increasing exports to Mexico via rail, and exports to overseas markets via export terminals on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Source and Description

Source: CER Commodity Tracking System Statistics as of 26 February 2020: Natural Gas Liquids – Propane and Butanes – Export Volume by Destination

Figure Description: This data description is in metric units (for imperial units, please visit the source linked above).

Propane:
PADD I: Exports to PADD I (U.S. East Coast) ranged from 55.3 thousand to 271.5 thousand cubic metres each month in 2019.
PADD II: Exports to PADD II (U.S. Midwest) ranged from 141.8 thousand to 387.9 thousand cubic metres each month in 2019.
PADD III: Exports to PADD III (U.S. Gulf Coast) ranged from 30.2 thousand to 121.0 thousand cubic metres each month in 2019.
PADD IV: Exports to PADD IV (U.S. Rockies) ranged from 28.4 thousand to 59.4 thousand cubic metres each month in 2019.
PADD V: Exports to PADD V (U.S. West Coast) ranged from 158.2 thousand to 303.2 thousand cubic metres each month in 2019.

Butanes:
PADD I: Exports to PADD I (U.S. East Coast) ranged from 22.4 thousand to 123.0 thousand cubic metres each month in 2019.
PADD II: Exports to PADD II (U.S. Midwest) ranged from 43.9 thousand to 74.7 thousand cubic metres each month in 2019.
PADD III: Exports to PADD III (U.S. Gulf Coast) ranged from 4.5 thousand to 84.7 thousand cubic metres each month in 2019.
PADD IV: Exports to PADD IV (U.S. Rockies) ranged from 6.6 thousand to 19.7 thousand cubic metres each month in 2019.
PADD V: Exports to PADD V (U.S. West Coast) ranged from 78.1 thousand to 197.7 thousand cubic metres each month in 2019.

Figure 3: Propane and Butanes Exports by Mode of Transportation

The majority of propane and butanes exports from Canada move by rail. Exports of propane by rail to the U.S. has increased since 2015 because of growing production and the construction of new rail loading capacity in Western Canada. In 2019, Canada began exporting propane by marine vessels from terminals in British Columbia to new markets.

Source and Description

Source: CER Commodity Tracking System Statistics as of 26 February 2020: Natural Gas Liquids – Propane and Butanes – Export Volume by Transport Mode

Figure Description: This data description is in metric units (for imperial units, please visit the source linked above).

In 2019, propane exported by rail was 8.2 million cubic metres, by marine vessels was 1.3 million cubic metres, by pipeline was 0.8 million cubic metres, and by truck was 0.5 million cubic metres. Butanes exported by rail was 3.0 million cubic metres, by pipeline was 0.3 million cubic metres, and by truck was 0.1 million cubic metres.

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