Sources and Description
Sources: Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) ST – 3 (Oil), CER
Description: The stacked area graph shows monthly bitumen production growing from 1.3 million barrels per day (MMb/d) in January 2008 to 3.5 MMb/d in October 2021 and declining slightly thereafter until the end of the year. Bitumen production is partly seasonal, with dips in the spring. In May 2016, bitumen production fell roughly 0.7 MMb/d because of wildfires. From March to May 2020, bitumen production fell 0.5 MMb/d because of the COVID-19 pandemic, before recovering later in the year as companies brought production back online.