Pacific Oil & Gas, the Asian-based developer of the Canadian Woodfibre LNG export project in British Columbia, is buying Canbriam Energy, a producer of natural gas in the Montney Shale basin of northeast BC.
Pacific Oil & Gas is a subsidiary of the Royal Golden Eagle group of Indonesian businessman Sukanto Tanoto and whose headquarters are in Singapore.
The Asian and Canadian companies said the Canbriam transaction would create a well-capitalized entity able to grow from its current production of about 200 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, including 6,000 barrels per day of associated natural gas liquids.
The Woodfibre liquefaction and export plant is being built on the site of a former pulp mill at Squamish, north of Vancouver, and is licensed to export more than 2 million tonnes per annum of LNG.
The relatively small-scale Canadian LNG project is expected to start commercial operations by about 2023.
The PO&G purchase of Canbriam includes its natural gas processing plants and water-handling infrastructure to support natural gas pipeline transportation.
“Canada has the opportunity to become a leader in the global energy transition,” said Ratnesh Bedi, President of PO&G.
“Canbriam is one of the lowest cost producers in the Montney and we welcome the opportunity to work in Canada and produce some of the cleanest natural gas,” added Bedi.
Paul Myers, Canbriam’s President and Chief Executive, welcomed his company’s sale to such an experienced energy player.
“This transaction supports ongoing development of our prolific Montney assets and aligns us for future natural gas exports. We warmly welcome Pacific Oil & Gas as our new owner,” stated Myers.
The Woodfibre LNG project is one of the few moving forward on the Canadian West Coast where more than a dozen were previously planned.
Woodfibre owner PO&G also has LNG import assets in China. It holds a 35 percent stake in the Rudong LNG import terminal in China's eastern Jiangsu Province, with 55 percent held by Kunlun Energy, a Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of PetroChina.
PetroChina itself is an investor in the largest LNG export project moving forward in BC, the LNG Canada joint venture with 20 MTPA of initial output led by Royal Dutch Shell and with other stakeholders including Mitsubishi Corp. of Japan and Korea Gas Corp.
The closing of the Canbriam transaction is expected to occur before July 2019.
Macquarie Capital Markets Canada is the acting financial advisor to PO&G and Bennett Jones is acting as legal counsel.
RBC Capital Markets is the advisor to Canbriam and Norton Rose Fulbright Canada is giving legal counsel.