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To be a progressive energy and solutions partner enriching lives for a sustainable future.
We chart our course in Canada based on the PETRONAS global Statement of Purpose and Shared Values.
With one of the largest natural gas resources in the North Montney, northeast British Columbia, we are well-positioned to provide global markets relying on emission-intensive hydrocarbons, such as coal, with cleaner, responsibly developed Canadian energy. With the energy transition that’s underway, there is significant opportunity in front of us for Canada to be a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in countries around the world, while we also reduce emissions here at home. We want to be at the forefront of that.
We are a company that pursues excellence, values innovation and is ever-diligent about the safety of our people. Everyone who works on our sites is responsible for both their own safety, and the safety of those around them. And everyone who works for our company is expected to uphold the respect we have for the environment.
Our operating base is within the North Montney basin in northeast British Columbia. With a dominant land position in that resource-rich area, we are one of the largest natural gas resource owners in Canada. Together with our joint venture partners, we own approximately 900,000 gross acres of mineral rights with more than 60 trillion cubic feet of reserves and contingent resources.
As the operator of two joint ventures in the North Montney, we are focused on developing the resource safely and responsibly.
The company’s latest LNG acquisition is a 25% interest in LNG Canada, which is located near Kitimat, British Columbia.Construction has started on the project, which will include the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of LNG, including marine facilities. The plant will initially consist of two LNG processing units, referred to as trains, with an option to expand the project in the future to four trains. The plant is expected to be completed in 2023. Once it’s operational, we will be supplying the plant with 500 million cubic feet of gas a day.
Joint venture partnership and ownership interest
- PETRONAS - 25%
- Shell Canada Energy - 40%
- Mitsubishi Corporation - 15%
- PetroChina - 15%
- Korea Gas Corporation - 5%
PETRONAS is one of the largest LNG operators in the world.
We believe natural gas will play a vital role in the planet’s transition to a low carbon economy and that Canada can and should take a leadership position in reducing emissions globally.
Cleaner-burning natural gas derived from LNG can help to lower global greenhouse gas emissions when used to displace higher-emitting coal-fired electricity generation in China, India and Southeast Asia.
By 2040, about 1,500 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) emissions could be eliminated every year if new power plants in China, India and Southeast Asia are fuelled by natural gas instead of coal.
That doesn’t mean we stop working hard to lower the carbon footprint from producing natural gas.
LNG Canada created this video as part of the celebrations held following the positive final investment decision on October 1, 2018. 3:00 minutes
PETRONAS is the first company in the world to create a floating LNG facility, which was completed in 2016. 4:20 minutes
At PETRONAS Canada, the health and safety of our employees and contractors and the local and First Nations communities where we operate are our top priority. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and are taking proactive measures that align with the direction from provincial and federal governments and health authorities, and are aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.
At this time we are continuing with our 2020 capital activity, however, we are doing so with an abundance of caution across each operation.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, charitable organizations have been deeply impacted.
This year, given the immediate, rising community needs, we donated $50,000, each, to the United Way of Northern BC and to the United Way of Calgary and Area to support their COVID-19 relief and response activities.
To support critical, life-saving work, we donated $20,000 to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and also provided the funds needed to professionally outfit nurses with personal protective equipment, such as masks and face shields, through Brogan Safety Supply, a local company.
In addition to medical concerns, many in the community are finding it difficult to put food on the table. As a result, we looked for ways to enable communities to focus on staying home and staying healthy. To the Calgary Food Bank, we provided $10,000 for items they feel are most needed. To the Silver Willows Court seniors’ residence in Hudson Hope, we provided funds to build a planter where residents can get outdoors and grow vegetables. To Abbeyfield seniors’ residence in Fort St. John we provided funds to buy meat from a local butcher. To Fort St. John’s Better at Home program, we covered the cost of 400 hot meals for seniors prepared by a local catering company.
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continue to work with our community partners – which includes consulting with the First Nations communities closest to our operations – to identify what meaningful support they may need to lessen the negative effects of this pandemic.
From February 20-23, more than 1,000 athletes, 1,800 volunteers, numerous local businesses, and local First Nation representatives came together to participate in the BC Winter Games – hosted for the first time in 35 years in Fort St. John.
PETRONAS salutes everyone involved in this tremendous show of skill and sportsmanship.
Photo of Randy Sather, Manager Operations Base Business handing out medals at the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition. PETRONAS had two Operations managers, Randy Sather, Manager Operations Base Business and Jon Jung, Manager Integrated Operations handing out medals at the ceremonies.
PETRONAS Canada and the Winter Games organizers have jointly made it possible for Olympic bobsleigh athlete Alysia Rissling to attend. Alysia was on hand to meet, encourage, and inspire the 1,000 plus athletes performing in the games. Folks in FSJ may know Alysia from the great work she has done and continues to do as part of the Classroom Champions program.
Extreme cold, heavy rainfall and heavy equipment take a real toll on the vast network of roads that lead to our facilities in northeast British Columbia. Keeping these unpaved roads free of axel-breaking potholes and snow is a year-round activity.
As part of an ongoing effort to support local First Nation businesses, PETRONAS has signed road maintenance agreements with two First Nation businesses, with the second one happening in late 2019 with Tall Ten Resources Ltd. By providing road maintenance work guarantees, these companies are able to borrow the capital needed to buy a grader.
The idea for this kind of agreement came from our Road Maintenance team. It creates steady, year-round work that’s critical to the safety of our operators, who travel thousands of kilometres across our operations each year. Another advantage, is that this network of roads is divided into areas that create natural boundaries, which means we can more easily have multiple companies doing our road maintenance work.
October, 2019: Celebrating Tall Ten’s new grader, from left: Jennifer Roe from PETRONAS; Ron Apsassin, Jason Steiner, and Guy Sabourin from Tall Ten; and Liz Hannah, Nicole Deyell, Del James, Lloyd Hayden also from PETRONAS.
August, 2018: Celebrating Top Notch Oilfield Contracting Ltd.’s new grader, from left: PETRONAS' Jennifer Roe; owners of Top Notch, Boomer Desjarlais & Judy Desjarlais; and PETRONAS' Lloyd Hayden. Top Notch’s experience working with us has paved the way for them to successfully pick up additional road maintenance work with other companies in the area.
Nothing quite beats the feeling of seeing young people connect with and learn valuable life lessons from their idols.
In 2018 we began a five-year commitment to provide mentorship opportunities to almost 500 students in Fort St. John and the surrounding area when we partnered with Classroom Champions, an international organization that connects world-class athletes with classrooms of students eager to learn through interactive activities led by inspiring role models. The athlete mentors inspire students in various grades and schools through monthly video lessons, live video chats and in-class visits, and help build skills in perseverance, effective goal setting, and positive leadership and in embracing diversity. We have grown our participation over the past two years from five classes to 15 in Fort St. John and an additional two classes in Hudson’s Hope.
Building on the success of the Classroom Champions program, we are thrilled to sponsor an entire school in Fort St. John and start our support of the program in Hudson’s Hope in the 2019-2020 school year. We are especially pleased to continue our association with athlete mentors Alysia Rissling and Mirela Rahneva.
2018-2019 school year: Olympic skeleton athlete Mirela Rahneva, or Mimi, as she’s known to the students in Grades 2 through 6, participated in the Classroom Champions program in Fort St. John. She immigrated to Canada from Bulgaria at age 10 and played sports as a means of making friends and learning English. Mimi earned a bronze medal at the Lake Placid World Cup, a gold medal at the St. Moritz World Cup, and represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
2017-2018 school year: Olympic bobsleigh athlete and World Cup bronze medalist Alysia Rissling makes a strong impression with students participating in the Classroom Champions program in Fort St. John. Alysia represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, worked with students in Grades 2, 3, 5 and 6.
Contributing to the communities where we live and work is an important part of giving back at PETRONAS Canada. Our staff members have a strong volunteer spirit, getting involved in a variety of ways from delivering hampers to First Nation elders, to serving supper to seniors in Fort St. John, picking up garbage, judging science fair submissions, and even planting vegetables
The time that our 35 staff members who work in and around our Fort St. John office spent volunteering on behalf of PETRONAS in 2019 in the local and First Nation communities where we operate.
The amount of food collected by staff for the Veterans’ Food Bank in Calgary in 2019.
The total number of bags of garbage picked up from the roadside clean up in Fort St. John and the river clean up in Calgary
Melanie Vogel and her canine companion, Malo, on their trek across Canada.
Photo courtesy of Melanie Vogel
When some of our operators spotted Melanie Vogel’s temporary camp near one of our work sites in early December, they stopped by to check on her to ensure she was okay given the plummeting temperatures.
The avid hiker from Germany took up their offer of food and shelter at one of our nearby camps. While Melanie and her dog, Malo, rested up and waited out the worst of the weather, our staff repaired a wheel on Melanie’s wagon, provided her with glove warmers and a tire patch kit for her wagon in case of further tire trouble, and new dog boots for Malo.
You may have heard of Melanie and Malo – they’ve been walking across Canada along the Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail) since June of 2017. We wish them both all the very best in their trek as well as successful arrivals in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories and Victoria, BC, which mark the destination points of her ocean to ocean to ocean adventure that began in Cape Speare, Newfoundland. The Great Trail runs about 24,000 kilometres across Canada’s 13 provinces and territories.
Since 2017, we have partnered with the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary to host the annual PETRONAS International Energy Speaker Series, where world-renowned energy experts are invited to discuss key issues facing the global energy landscape. “This partnership is a great fit for us,” says Mark Fitzgerald, CEO of PETRONAS Canada. “We’re a company that values diversity of thought and believes it makes a business stronger. We’re thrilled at the caliber of speakers we’ve been able to attract. They truly are world class.”
Hosted as a luncheon, the event attracts approximately 600 business leaders from the Calgary community and includes MBA students from the Haskayne School of Business.
Retired Dutch politician and former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Maria van der Hoeven, spoke to a sell-out crowd. She has repeatedly emphasized the close link between climate and energy policy and has initiated discussions between policy makers and industry representatives on the impact of climate change on energy security. Maria gave a thought-provoking presentation on the current state of global natural gas markets and the future of Canada’s LNG on the world stage.
Harry Tchilinguirian, Global Head of Commodity Markets Strategy and Senior Oil Market Strategist at BNP Paribas, one of the world’s largest banks, spoke as a recognized authority on the state of oil and energy commodity markets and a frequent commentator on Bloomberg and CNBC. Harry provided his assessment of geopolitical climates and international markets, where they are now and where they’re headed.
The first year of the series featured inaugural speaker Ernest Moniz, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Energy. Ernest provided a provocative and thoughtful look at energy security, climate change and the need for innovation in the energy industry.
In the fall of 2019, Mike Culbert received the Distinguished Business Leader Award from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for his 35 years of ethical leadership. The award recognizes individuals for their outstanding personal and professional achievements, commitment to the community and business acumen.
For us, Mike’s most notable accomplishment in his long and distinguished career is his role as one of three founding partners of Progress Energy, our predecessor company, and his long-term leadership from 2004 to 2016 as President & CEO of our company. Afterward he served as Vice Chairman of the Board until March 31, 2020. Congratulations, Mike!
Our company has transformed from a junior exploration company in 2001 to being one of the largest natural gas resource owners in Canada. We stand proudly under the PETRONAS global umbrella as PETRONAS Canada.
Progress Energy created; operates under the PRQ ticker symbol.2001
Amasses strong contiguous land position in northeast British Columbia; assets acquired from Calpine Corporation, Cequel Energy, BG and Suncor Energy.2002-2010
Establishes a 50/50 agreement with PETRONAS to form the North Montney Joint Venture as well as an LNG Export Joint Venture later known as Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW LNG).2011
Progress purchased outright by PETRONAS.2012
Reaches appraisal goal of 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves – enough to supply two billion cubic feet per day to PNW LNG for 25 years. PNW LNG makes a final investment decision conditional to:
PETRONAS announces that PNW LNG will not proceed as previously planned following a careful and total review of the project amid changes in market conditions.2017
Secures significant transportation commitments to obtain egress from northeast British Columbia:
Determines total reserves and contingent resources to be more than 60 trillion cubic feet in the North Montney.
Acquires 25% interest in LNG Canada, located near Kitimat, British Columbia. The plant, initially consisting of two trains, is expected to be operational in 2023.
Progress Energy becomes PETRONAS Energy Canada Ltd. on November 22.2018
PETRONAS Canada thanks Michael Culbert for his time as Vice Chairman of our Board of Directors. Read more about Mike's distinguished career in our stories.
Adif Zulkifli is the Executive Vice President & CEO of PETRONAS’ Upstream Business. Leading up to his appointment, he was the Executive Vice President & CEO of the Gas & New Energy Business, where he was responsible for the company’s Midstream Gas Assets, LNG Marketing and New Energy.
Having joined PETRONAS in 1993 as a reservoir engineer, Adif has worked in various areas in the company including reservoir engineering, strategic planning, business development and petroleum economics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
He has also previously held the role as the Senior Vice President of Development & Production, Upstream Business overseeing Upstream development projects and operations worldwide. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, responsible for shaping and steering PETRONAS’ long term strategic direction, including leading Mergers & Acquisitions, change management and strategic industry research.
Don is an independent Calgary businessman who also serves as the Chairman of Cequence Energy Ltd., and Panorama Mountain Village Inc. Previously, Mr. Archibald held a variety of senior roles with Cyries Energy Ltd., including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and was the President and Chief Executive Officer of both Cequel Energy Ltd. and Cypress Energy Inc. Mr. Archibald has extensive knowledge and experience as a leader in the public oil and gas industry and financial services. Mr. Archibald also serves on the Board of Directors of Serafina Energy Ltd., Spartan Energy Corp., Chinook Energy Inc., Sea NG Corp., WinSport and Palisade Capital Corp. Mr. Archibald holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with distinction) from the University of Alberta.
Shamsul is the Head, Finance & Risk in Upstream PETRONAS. Having served PETRONAS for more than 20 years, he has been involved in various acquisitions, farming, financing and capital restructuring arrangements. Shamsul has held various positions in PETRONAS including International Operations in Sudan and Iraq. Shamsul holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance & International Business from University of Malaya and Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Analysis from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. He is also fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).
Mark is President and CEO of PETRONAS Canada. Previously, he held the role of Senior Vice President, Production & Development at the company. He has more than 27 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and has held senior executive roles in production, development, operations, strategy and corporate development. His background includes time with large, integrated producers across North America as well as the junior oil and gas sector in western Canada. Mark is a founding Board member for Classroom Champions and also sits on the Board for the Edge School Foundation, a unique learning community where students can pursue academic excellence while striving to reach their full athletic potential.
Tn Hj Zakaria Kasah is the Vice President of LNG Assets, Gas & New Energy Business at PETRONAS. With over 30 years of experience with the company, Zakaria Kasah has held many senior leadership positions, including VP of Group Project Delivery, VP of Technology & Engineering and VP/CEO of Malaysia LNG. He is currently the chairman of various boards in several of PETRONAS’ subsidiaries, such as Dubai, Australia and Egypt, among others, and is a recognized leader in HSE management. In addition to his expertise in the area of LNG, Zakaria Kasah has served as a board member for the Student Development Advisory Council for University Technology PETRONAS. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University and has completed the Leadership Management program at Henley Business School in the UK.
Chris is currently Vice-Chairman and Director for ARC Financial Corp. where he provides support for the investment team in the areas of strategy and risk management, as well as investment decision-making. He has over 30 years of operating experience in the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry. Mr. Seasons retired from Devon Canada Corp. in June of 2014 where he served as President for over ten years. Previously, he held a variety of operational and management roles with Shell Canada Ltd. and Stampeder Exploration. Mr. Seasons also serves on the Board of Directors of Longshore Resources Ltd., ARC Financial Corp., Serafina Energy Ltd., Boulder Energy, Matrix Solutions Inc., Steelhead Petroleum and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and was previously the Chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and director of the United Way of Calgary and Area. Mr. Seasons has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
Mohd Jukris Abdul Wahab is Vice President, International Assets of Upstream at PETRONAS and sits on several Boards of PETRONAS subsidiaries. He joined the company in 1990 as a Reservoir Engineer and was involved in the development of several offshore oil and gas fields in Malaysia. He has held various senior technical, operational and leadership positions internationally, including Senior Manager of Strategic Planning for PETRONAS’ Petroleum Management Unit (PMU), Executive Assistant to the President and Chairman of PETRONAS Sudan. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Malaysia Assets of Upstream. En Jukris holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Mark was appointed President and CEO in November 2016. Previously, he held the role of Senior Vice President, Production & Development. He has more than 29 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and has held senior executive roles in production, development, operations, strategy and corporate development. His background includes time with large, integrated producers across North America as well as the junior oil and gas sector in western Canada. Mark is the outgoing Chairman of the Board of Governors at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and is on the Board of Directors at the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS). He is also a founding Board member for Classroom Champions, and previously sat on the Board for the Edge School Foundation, a unique learning community where students can pursue academic excellence while striving to reach their full athletic potential.
Kevin joined PETRONAS Canada in 2002. Under his leadership as CFO, Kevin strengthens the alignment between our planning, budgeting, financial modeling and reporting functions. He is also accountable for ensuring the current and long-term financial health of the organization. Prior to his current role, Kevin was Vice President, Finance responsible for PETRONAS Canada’s financial reporting and compliance, financial risk management and treasury functions. In his career before joining the company, Kevin was Senior Manager – Audit at KPMG LLP. Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in both the Canadian oil and gas industry and public practice.
James joined PETRONAS Canada in June 2013. He leads the company’s legal, regulatory, environmental and land departments. In this role, he advises PETRONAS Canada and PETRONAS on a wide variety of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters affecting the company’s operations. Under his leadership, James and his team help the company address the environment, social and governance expectations of our stakeholders. Prior to joining PETRONAS Canada, James worked at Nexen Inc. in progressively senior legal roles in its International and Corporate divisions, and prior to that with a state-owned energy company in the Middle East and a large Canadian law firm. James has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.
Nicole joined PETRONAS Canada in September 2017. She leads the exploitation engineering, geoscience, drilling and completions, and mineral land teams. Nicole is accountable for all capital investment activities across the organization, driving improved efficiencies through collaboration and coordination. She is a professional engineer who has held numerous technical and leadership roles in her more than 20 years with BP where, as VP Reservoir Development Regions, she had accountability for the subsurface work across Canada, Egypt, Algeria, Oman, Indonesia and Australia.
Joanne joined PETRONAS Canada in September 2019. She is accountable for delivering high quality, value added and supportive services across all functions, ensuring the company continues to transition to an efficient, highly effective organization. Under her leadership, Joanne heads up the Human Resources, Office Services, Supply Chain and Information Communication Technology functions. In addition, she leads the Indigenous Relations, External Affairs, Government Affairs, Stakeholder and Communication teams.
Joanne previously worked at Goldcorp, where she served as Vice President, Supply Chain, and was responsible for supplier management, process development and supplier risks and procurement. She brings over 20 years of experience in Human Resources with a specialty in compensation and has held progressively senior positions at various global organizations in Canada, the US and Europe in a variety of different industries.
Joe Leonard was appointed Vice President, Production in July 2019. In his role, he leads the production engineering, operations and facilities teams. Previous to his current appointment he was CEO of PETRONAS Australia where he oversaw the company’s interest in the Gladstone LNG project. Joe has been with the company for over 10 years and, prior to his overseas assignment, served as Director of Development. He is a professional engineer with over 19 years of experience and is a demonstrated leader in the exploration, development and production of unconventional natural gas resources.
Azmir joined PETRONAS Canada in March 2020 bringing with him a vast skillset acquired during his 23 years at PETRONAS, including several postings within their worldwide group of companies – expertly leading up operations in Brunei and Ethiopia.
Prior to his move to Canada, Azmir led many functions for PETRONAS from their global headquarters in Malaysia, including three years performing business portfolio analysis within the President’s Office.
The knowledge and experience Azmir acquired from his many career successes in business development, commercial ventures and technical analysis within PETRONAS’ oil and natural gas business make him uniquely qualified to lead the strategy and corporate development portfolio at PETRONAS Canada.
Azmir joined PETRONAS after obtaining a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in Geology and Applied Geology from the University of Glasgow. During his career, he supplemented his leadership experience by completing two internal bespoke mini-MBA programs in collaboration with Melbourne University and Duke University.
We take pride in the fact that Canada has a world-class regulatory framework in place for the extraction and transportation of all our country’s resources, and are committed to meeting or exceeding all applicable regulations across our operations.
Internally, we have a Code of Business Conduct & Ethics, which all staff commit to and must adhere to. We also have a whistleblower policy – an important mechanism to ensure we uphold the highest standards of integrity within our company.
If you have a concern about the conduct of our company, or about the conduct of any of our staff, we want to know, so we can address and resolve those concerns as quickly as possible. You can be assured that all concerns raised through our Ethics Help Line are taken seriously.
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We report taxes, royalties and other fees paid to governments in line with the Government of Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) – an act that contributes to global efforts against corruption.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a supplier or contractor (vendor) of goods and/or services for PETRONAS Canada. At the core of our vendor engagement strategy is an assessment of how a new vendor will:
As such, we encourage new vendors to not only provide details about their product or service offering, but also illustrate how the new vendor will advance our objectives including how local economic benefit and employment will be measured over time.
PETRONAS Canada requires that all agreements for the provision of goods and/or services be in writing and documented in a contract. In addition, we require all vendors to be familiar with and conduct themselves in a manner that meets or exceeds our applicable policies and procedures:
Note all vendors must monitor this list for periodic updates or amendments to policies and procedures.
PETRONAS Canada evaluates and monitors vendors who will work at any worksite through ISNetworld (ISN). These vendors must:
All vendors, whether at a worksite or not, must carry appropriate insurance covering the services being provided, including Workers Compensation Board coverage as required by provincial regulations.