2010 NATURAL GAS STATISTICS,
BRITISH COLUMBIA (BC)
Statistical data on natural gas gathered volumes, production, production loss, domestic and export consumption, can be found on the internet at the BC Ministry of Energy & Mines website:
As all provincial governments are legislatively required to report these, and many other statistics, to the federal government, this information can also be found, through more difficulty, at the federal Canadian statistics website. But trying to make sense of the BC data, when it is finally obtained, presents further difficulty in intrepretation, given the unspecified quantities of import data from the Yukon, Northwest Territories blended into the BC gas pool.
Energy Statistics Handbook
Crude Oil and Natural Gas
Under the BC site (above) are several other option pages for related natural gas statistics. Perhaps the most relevant spreadsheet is the option category under Monthly Statistics, where you will find annual information from 2007 to 2010:
A word of caution. When viewing the spreadsheet data for the operating year 2010, the net production data is not presented in a straightforward manner. When sorting out this confusion with the BC Ministry of Energy, staff reported that the total distribution of refined gas was actually 27,815,471,760 cubic metres, not the figure of 28,951,935,000 cubic meters (combining the domestic and export data in the spreadsheet, and then subtracting gas lost during distribution and export). Furthermore, because the data comes from dozens of producers, gas plants and utilitites generated from internal records of the companies that own the data, there are small discrepancies in the final data, perhaps in the neighbourhood of 283,000,000 cubic metres.
Given the forecast by numerous energy companies of future proposed output of deep shale natural gas from northeast British Columbia, BC's annual gross gas production is set to increase, as well as annual increases of export gas.
1,000 cubic metres of gas volume equals 35,310.73 cubic feet of gas volume.
THE GROSS METHOD AND 2010 DATA
There are two methods of making statistical comparisons for natural gas production in BC:
Out of a total of 34,795,623,800 cubic metres of raw gas (1,228,659,032,486 cubic feet) gathered from BC's geology in the 2010 operating year:
(Data Source: BC Ministry of Energy & Mines, raw gas production data.
Deep Shale gas production in northeast BC is just getting underway in 2010.)
BC NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION DATA FOR 2010 (NON-EXPORT)
There are four distribution groups of Marketable Gas Distribution within BC, under a general category called Domestic use, each of which has three categories, Industrial, Commercial, and Residential, with one exception, a separate category for one group called Direct Sales.
The four groupings are divided between the two gas distribution companies, Fortis BC (formerly Terasen Gas, and previous to that Centra Gas) and Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (On March 1, 2011, Fortis BC assumed its new operations in the takeover of Terasen Gas.) Under Fortis BC are two groupings, Vancouver Island and the Mainland. Under Pacific Northern Gas are two groupings, the Northeast delivery (Ft. St. John, etc) and areas generally west of Prince George.
Pacific Northern, through former partnerships, is awaiting the National Energy Board's decision this summer, 2011, to approve final considerations for the proposed LNG plant in Kitimat and the new 36 inch pipeline to be built across BC to steer new deep shale dirty gas from northeast BC for export.
FORTIS BC - MAINLAND (Cubic Metres)
FORTIS BC - VANCOUVER ISLAND (Cubic Metres)
PACIFIC NORTHERN GAS LTD (Cubic Metres)
PACIFIC NORTHERN GAS, NORTHEAST (Cubic Metres)
INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, RESIDENTIAL TOTALS
BC NATURAL GAS EXPORT DATA
Currently, there are three categories under separate pipelines for export of BC produced gas, two of which export gas to the United States, and the third to Alberta. The two to the United States are the Westcoast through Huntington, and Alliance to Chicago pipeline routes, and the Alberta bound is the Nova pipeline.
In early February, 2010, the National Energy Board approved another pipeline into Alberta from the Horn River Basin in northeast BC, the 36 inch diameter, Nova Gas Horn River pipeline. When that pipeline comes into operation, more gas will flow towards Alberta.
Should the Kitimat LNG plant be approved in the summer of 2011 by the National Energy Board, much more gas will be exported via a new 36 inch diameter Pacific Trails Pipeline linked to North America's first LNG terminal facility in 40 years.
NATURAL GAS EXPORTS (Cubic Metres)
BC NATURAL GAS LOSSES FOR 2010
The BC Ministry of Energy's natural gas spreadsheet for 2010 has three categories of gas losses:
Under the heading Field Disposition, are the following categories that comprise Total Field Loss in the following table:
Total Plant Loss (Cubic Metres)
Under the heading Plant Disposition, are the following categories that comprise Total Plant Loss in the following table:
Loss During Distribution and Export
A total 808,470,200 cubic metres of gas were lost in this category.
Total Losses (Cubic Metres)