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Media Releases - 2014

7/10/2014

PETRONAS ENCOURAGED BY THE COMMITMENT OF BC REGARDING LNG DEVELOPMENT

 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, 7 October 2014 - Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) today announced that it is encouraged by the commitment expressed by the British Columbia (BC) government regarding the Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW LNG) project during the recent meetings between its President and Group CEO Tan Sri Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas with BC Premier Christy Clark and Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman here.
 
PETRONAS and the Government of BC agreed on clear milestones, action plans and deliverables for both parties to support project competitiveness necessary to undertake a Final Investment Decision (FID) by mid-December 2014.
 
In addition, PETRONAS will also continue to work with the Government of Canada and its agencies to advance the regulatory process and clarify the fiscal framework associated with this new industry in the country.
 
“Fundamentally, we believe that the PNW LNG project has the ability to monetise, add value and link BC natural gas to the global market; to the benefit and prosperity of Canadians, especially to British Columbians. Nonetheless, the reality of the global LNG market is that we are facing potential overhang and decreasing demand that creates downward pressure on LNG prices. In this market environment, the ability to secure market and customers is paramount,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas, President and Group CEO, PETRONAS. 
 
“Coupled with softening crude prices, there is a need for international energy companies such as PETRONAS to seriously prioritise and reassess our investments. The proposed fiscal package and regulatory pace in Canada threatens the global competitiveness of the PNW LNG project. This is further exacerbated by preliminary project costs, which indicates cost of local contractors to be higher and not benchmarked to global contractor's cost,” he added.
 
According to PETRONAS, the additional tax and high cost environment will negatively impact the project's economic viability and competitiveness. In fact, in its last portfolio review exercise, the current project economics appeared marginal. Without material cost reduction efforts cross the project the company will have a tough time reaching a positive FID by mid-December 2014.
 
In order to remain competitive, PETRONAS needs to secure consensus on key principles vital to the success of this project by the end of October. Missing this date will have the impact of having to defer its investments until the next LNG marketing window, anticipated in 10-15 years. At this juncture, PETRONAS firmly believes on the urgent need for stakeholders to collaborate and come to an agreement, rather than act as opposing parties at the negotiation table.
 
In light of this, the next few weeks will be critical in ensuring that commitments made during the last meeting will be followed through by creating a tangible environment which stimulates competitiveness and investor’s confidence in BC.
 
PETRONAS and its partners look forward to working with the BC and Canadian government to advance with pace, clarity and purpose in turning the vision of a Canadian LNG industry into a reality. 
 
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