OTTAWA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Canada's supply and demand for energy products increased in 2022 as economies around the world continued reopening following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Statistics Canada said on Monday.
Primary energy production in Canada increased 3.9 percent in 2022 to 22,616 petajoules, following a 4.5 percent increase in 2021, the national statistical agency said.
Crude oil accounted for 49.2 percent of primary energy production in the country last year, the largest proportion in the 13th consecutive year, the agency noted, adding that Canada exported 78.9 percent of its crude oil production.
Natural gas accounted for 32.8 percent of primary energy production, followed by primary electricity (8.2 percent), total coal (5.3 percent) and gas plant natural gas liquids (4.3 percent).
According to the agency, exports of Canadian energy and energy products increased 3.6 percent in 2022 to 14,529 petajoules, and imports of energy increased 2.5 percent to 3,789 petajoules.
Meanwhile, Canada's energy consumption increased 4.2 percent to 8,585 petajoules in 2022, following a 3 percent increase in 2021. Natural gas surpassed refined petroleum products as the main source of energy consumed in the country for the third year in a row, followed by electricity, said Statistics Canada.