Canadian Natural Gas
A Smart Energy Choice
Canada requires an energy mix that meets the needs of a growing economy while helping to ensure a lower carbon future. Canadian Natural Gas is smart energy: an abundant domestic resource; a significant source of revenue; an affordable energy choice; a safe and reliable fuel; the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon; and a flexible partner in power generation and transportation. Canadian Natural Gas is a foundation of a Canada’s sustainable energy future.
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Abundant Canadian Resource
Natural gas provides almost one-third of the energy used by Canadians. Canada has an abundant supply and is the world’s third largest producer of natural gas. Until the past decade, Canadian natural gas was primarily produced from conventional sources in highly permeable rock formations such as in Alberta’s Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Advances in drilling technologies now allow for the cost effective extraction of natural gas from a range of unconventional sources including coal bed methane found in some coal seams and shale gas found in fine-grained sedimentary rocks. The total Canadian natural gas resource is now estimated at approximately 100 years of supply at current demand levels.
Canada has an extensive pipeline system that transports natural gas from producing areas to markets in Canada and in the U.S. More than 480,000 km of pipe move natural gas throughout North America in a safe and reliable system. In 2008, Canada exported more than $33 billion worth of natural gas to the United States through this integrated network. Canada is the leading supplier of natural gas to the United States.
Lower Emission Fuel
Natural gas is the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon. It has significantly less carbon per equivalent unit of energy compared with other fuels including transportation fuels. It is a flexible partner that can be used to support renewable power sources such as wind and solar.
Renewable natural gas produced from waste biomass sources can also partner with natural gas and further reduce lifecycle emissions in a range of uses.
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