2017 Propane and Butanes Exports Summary

Table 1: Summary of Trade

Table 1: Summary of Trade
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Propane Exports
Volume (m³) 5 817 426 5 250 255 6 524 563 6 659 076 8 021 881
Volume (bbl) 36 591 610 33 024 104 41 039 501 41 885 588 50 457 632
Value ($) 1 388 072 652 1 657 678 350 859 790 965 982 300 398 1 901 154 161
Price (¢/L) 23.86 31.57 13.18 14.75 23.70
Butanes Exports
Volume (m³) 1 086 331 1 216 684 1 408 202 1 080 347 1 718 587
Volume (bbl) 6 833 022 7 625 942 8 857 591 6 795 383 10 809 912
Value ($) 341 861 762 391 069 850 260 687 748 216 071 611 454 579 669
Price (¢/L) 31.47 32.14 18.51 20.00 26.45
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 Natural Energy Board 30 days after the end of each month.

Figure Data [EXCEL 59 KB] – Updated 21 February 2018

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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/ lines show the value of the exports against the right axis. Propane export volumes increased by 20% since 2016, and export values increased by 94%. Butanes export volumes increased by 59% and values increased by 110%.

Source and Description

Source:National Energy Board – NGL export volume; NGL export price

Figure Description:

Propane:
In 2017, 8 021 881 cubic metres or $1 901 154 161 of propane was exported from Canada. January had the highest volume exported in 2017 at 886 383 cubic metres. May had the lowest volume exported in 2017 at 442 508 cubic metres. November had the highest-valued exports in 2017 at $257 million. June had the lowest-valued exports in 2017 at $81 million.

Butanes:
In 2017, 1 718 587 cubic metres or $454 579 669 of butanes was exported from Canada. October had the highest volume exported in 2017 at 247 744 cubic metres. March had the lowest volume exported in 2017 at 72 448 cubic metres. October had the highest-valued exports in 2017 at $75 million. March had the lowest-valued exports in 2017 at $17 million.

Data for all figures can also be downloaded in Microsoft Excel format from the file at the top of this page.

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

The map shows the Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADDs) in the U.S. The PADDs cover the following regions: the 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 bars show monthly export volumes to each PADD. Nearly all propane and butanes are exported directly to the U.S. The NEB 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 are reported to the NEB as exports to PADD III. PADD I and PADD II receive the largest share of NGLs exported from Canada. Exports to PADD V have grown in recent years because of higher overseas exports from Ferndale, Washington and higher refinery demand. 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: National Energy Board – NGL Export volume by destination

Figure Description:

Propane:
PADD I: Propane exported from Canada to PADD I (U.S. East Coast) ranged from 65.6 to 295.1 thousand cubic  metres each month in 2017.
PADD II: Propane exported from Canada to PADD II (U.S. Midwest) ranged from 137.8 to 343.7 thousand cubic  metres each month in 2017.
PADD III: Propane exported from Canada to PADD III (U.S. Gulf Coast) ranged from 10.1 to 61.1 thousand cubic  metres each month in 2017.
PADD IV: Propane exported from Canada to PADD IV (U.S. Rockies) ranged from 16.6 to 45.5 thousand cubic  metres each month in 2017.
PADD V: Propane exported from Canada to PADD V (U.S. West Coast) ranged from 144.6 to 265.5 thousand cubic  metres each month in 2017.

Butanes:
PADD I: Butanes exported from Canada to PADD I (U.S. East Coast) ranged from 8.1 to 44.0 thousand cubic  metres each month in 2017.
PADD II: Butanes exported from Canada to PADD II (U.S. Midwest) ranged from 18.1 to 85.8 thousand cubic  metres each month in 2017.
PADD III: Butanes exported from Canada to PADD III (U.S. Gulf Coast) ranged from 0.6 to 9.9 thousand cubic  metres each month in 2017.
PADD IV: Butanes exported from Canada to PADD IV (U.S. Rockies) ranged from 2.0 to 19.3 thousand cubic  metres each month in 2017.
PADD V: Butanes exported from Canada to PADD V (U.S. West Coast) ranged from 11.6 to 112.3 thousand cubic  metres each month in 2017.

Data for all figures can also be downloaded in Microsoft Excel format from the file at the top of this page.

Figure 3: Annual Propane and Butanes Exports by Mode of Transportation

The majority of propane and butanes exports from Canada move by rail. The volume of propane by rail to the U.S. has increased since 2014 because of new rail loading capacity in Western Canada, and the reversal of the Cochin Pipeline which eliminated one option for exporting propane.

Source and Description

Source: NEB – NGL Export volume by mode of transportation

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

In 2017 propane exported by rail was 6.9 million cubic  metres, by pipeline was 0.6 million cubic  metres, and by truck was 0.6 million cubic  metres. Butanes exported by rail was 1.4 million cubic  metres, by pipeline was 0.2 million cubic  metres, and by truck was 0.05 million cubic  metres.

Data for all figures can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel format from the file at the top of this page.

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