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CNPC in Canada

CNPC has been present in Canada since 1993 and now has oil and gas assets and interests in the country.

  • Oil and Gas Operations
  • Oilfield Services, Engineering and Construction
  • Local Development
  • Major Events

On June 15, 1993, CNPC acquired a 15.8865% operating interest in North Twining Oilfield and 11.477% equity of the natural gas processing plant in Alberta province.

On August 28, 2009, we successfully acquired 60% of equity of MacKay River and Dover oil sands assets of Athabasca Oil Sands Corp, which signaled a major breakthrough for CNPC in the overseas unconventional energy sector. On December 29, the deal was approved by the Investment Review Department of the Federal Ministry of Industry of Canada. On February 10, 2010, we signed documents with Canada's Athabasca Oil Sands Corporation to complete the handover of the MacKay River and Dover oil sands projects.

In 2012, steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology was successfully used at our first well in the MacKay River oil sand project. This was a good start for us in drilling shallow horizontal wells for the development of unconventional oilfields and ultra-heavy oil resources overseas.

In 2014, our pipeline-gas business in Canada increased in terms of both volume and profit.

In 2016, the Phase I MacKay River Oil Sands Project became operational with the targets of construction and steam injection achieved on schedule, laying a foundation for oil production and bitumen sales beginning in 2017. The project is expected to produce 35,000 barrels a day upon completion of Phase I.

CNPC provides well logging and mud logging services in Canada. Our EILog logging unit has been used in complete open-hole logging in Canada.

Brion Energy is our operating company in Canada. Since the startup of its oil sand projects in Canada, the company has been paying close attention to community communication and community participation, in an effort to promote the sustainable local development. In 2015, Brion Energy has accumulatively invested about CAD 327,000 in public welfare undertakings.

Strengthen information disclosure and community communication. Brion Energy makes great efforts to establish harmonious community relationships through communication with the local government and communities. Before entering the community, the company has established a communication mechanism for information disclosure, community dialogue and participation agreement. After entering the community, the company regularly communicates with the community to clear up the doubts and possible negative effects of the projects.

Promote business development and boost local economy. Brion Energy is dedicated to the local economic development. In 2015, it continued to provide jobs to the local people, and supported the locals to develop their own business. So far, Brion Energy has signed 16 contracts with local suppliers. In addition, it supports the establishment of new projects to help the community improve its self-development capacity. In 2015, Brion invested about CAD 21,000 in the community building.

Participate in community development and protect local culture. In addition to supporting local economic development, Brion Energy endeavors to protect the local cultural heritage, and participates in public welfare undertakings such as supporting the development of the aged and the young. In 2015, the company participated in a cultural seminar with the First Nation in Mikisew CREE, and deepened the understanding of traditional culture and way of life. Specifically, its employees learned the traditional land cultivation methods and the history of Moose Lake from the aged of the Fort McKay community, and understood more about the local people.

Support capability cultivation and improve local livelihood. In 2015, Brion Energy invested about CAD 83,000 to improve the living environment for the First Nation around the McKay River and the Dover Oil Sand Project. For example, the company supported the development of potential labor markets and provided skill trainings for the First Nation. In addition, it cares about the local educational undertakings. In 2015, the company cooperated with University of Alberta and University of Calgary, and provided about CAD 222,000 to subsidize five long-term R&D projects.

Dec. 1, 2016 The first phase of the MacKay River Oil Sands Project became operational. Located in northern Alberta, the project is expected to produce 35,000 barrels a day upon completion of the first phase.

May 15, 2012 PetroChina, Shell Canada Ltd., Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), and Mitsubishi Corporation announced they would jointly develop a proposed LNG export facility near Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada. Shell holds a 40% working interest, with KOGAS, Mitsubishi and PetroChina each holding a 20% working interest.

Feb. 3, 2012 An agreement was signed and the deal was completed between PetroChina and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, with PetroChina buying a 20 percent stake in Shell's 100 percent-owned Groundbirch assets in northeastern British Columbia, Canada.