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Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Canadian Natural is a Canadian crude oil and natural gas exploration, development, and production company with a diversified portfolio of heavy, light and synthetic crude oil and natural gas. Canadian Natural’s assets include oil sands mining operations located north of Fort McMurray, Alberta: the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) and Horizon Oil Sands Mining and Upgrading (Horizon). Canadian Natural operates the Muskeg River and Jackpine mines on behalf of the AOSP owners (70% Canadian Natural, 20% Chevron Canada and 10% Shell Canada). The AOSP mines have been part of TSM reporting since 2002 and Canadian Natural’s reporting is expanding to include the Horizon mine for its first reporting period in 2020.

Canadian Natural’s mission statement — “To develop people to work together to create value for the Company’s shareholders by doing it right with fun and integrity” — guides our commitment to responsible development. Health and safety, environment, asset integrity and community engagement are integrated into all aspects of our operations.

Indigenous Communities

Canadian Natural continues to work closely with 80 Indigenous communities in Western Canada who live near our operations. Engagements include direct consultation on projects and operations, interaction and collaboration through industry relations committees, and formal engagement with Indigenous communities, including Elders, community members, community advisory committees and local leaders.

We value working with Indigenous communities and meet regularly with them to discuss issues that matter, working to build and maintain positive relationships in a meaningful way. Learning about traditional cultures, wildlife and how the landscape has changed over the years is part of our long-term commitment to these communities to further enhance our practices. In 2019, for example, we continued to host tours of our operations and meet with Elders and Advisory Committee Group members.

A focus on Indigenous capacity development continued throughout 2019, to ensure local contracting and employment opportunities for qualified local businesses and residents.

Community Investment

As members of the community, we recognize the importance of creating shared value as part of our commitment to responsible operations. Canadian Natural prioritizes projects that have a direct impact on people’s quality of life, and that promote long-term local economic growth and prosperity. Social investment focuses on health and wellness, education and training, social programs, cultural events, and traditional practices. In 2019, for example, the company contributed to Keyano College’s fieldhouse and gymnasium, as well as the Student Teacher program that provides financial aid to students seeking their Bachelor of Education degree. We also helped Portage College celebrate their 50th anniversary with community events in 15 local communities. Other initiatives supported in 2019 include the following:

  • APPLE Schools nutrition program implementation in remote areas in northern Alberta, including in Fort McKay and Fort Chipewyan.
  • Careers: The Next Generation, an internship program that placed 63 students across our Alberta operations

Safety and Environmental Performance

Safety is a core value that underlies all operational activities to reach our ultimate goal of ‘No harm to people; No safety incidents’. Our Safety Management System (SMS) is a key framework used to safeguard people, the environment and operations. Our management systems integrate personal safety, process safety and asset integrity. In 2019, Canadian Natural achieved its lowest total recordable injury frequency (TRIF) to date.

Environmental stewardship is incorporated throughout all phases of our projects, to mitigate our impact and maintain efficient operations. We invest in technology and innovation, and collaborate with industry to improve our environmental performance. Canadian Natural’s oil sands mining operations follow the principles of the ISO 14001: 2015, a framework that fosters an effective and robust environmental management system. Highlights of our 2019 performance in oil sands mining include the following:

  • 36% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity from 2016 to 2019
  • 68% reduction in fresh river water use intensity since 2012
  • Over 2.3 million trees planted and 1,600 hectares of land reclaimed

Canadian Natural is strongly committed to reducing GHG emissions with a long-term aspirational target of net zero emissions in our oil sands operations. We are focused on advancements in technologies and ongoing investment in carbon capture initiatives to reduce the emissions intensity of our operations.

Our state-of-the-art carbon reduction technologies includes CO2 capture capacity facilities at Horizon where CO2 is used as part of our tailings management process. As part of AOSP, the successful operation of the Quest Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) project is a significant Canadian GHG emissions reduction initiative. The Quest CCS project, launched in 2015 in Alberta, has captured and safely stored 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the Scotford Upgrader in 2019.

Quest is the first CCS project in the oil sands and serves as a model for advancing and deploying more CCS facilities in other industrial settings worldwide. CCS projects, such as at Horizon and Quest, moves Canadian oil sands products along a pathway to be below the average emissions of North American crude oil.

Canadian Natural is continuously improving our tailings management practices. We are advancing technologies to increase water recycling and improve tailings consolidation over time, to ultimately accelerate the reclamation process. These technologies include:

  • The In-Pit Extraction Process (IPEP) at Horizon that uses a relocatable, modular extraction plant to process ore and separate bitumen in the mine pit potentially reducing GHGs by 40% and eliminating the need for future fluid tailings (FT) ponds through the production of stackable dry tailings.
  • Thickeners and centrifugation to help separate the remove water from FT at AOSP.
  • Atmospheric Fines Drying technology to help settle solids in the FT at AOSP.
  • Filter press technology at AOSP that uses a mechanical filter to press FT, producing water for recycling and dewatered solids suitable for reclamation material in only a few hours.

Collaboration

As a founding member of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), a first-of-its-kind alliance of oil sands producers, Canadian Natural is collaborating to accelerate improvements in environmental performance through technology and innovation. Working together with industry to leverage technical expertise and conduct research helps to identify and implement solutions more cost effectively and efficiently. COSIA members strive to improve performance in four main areas: GHG emissions, land, water and tailings.

TSM Performance

The AOSP mines (Muskeg River and Jackpine) have a well-established record of TSM reporting. AOSP management programs are reviewed, tested and documented, and continue to maintain high standards under the TSM Protocols of Crisis Management and Communications Planning, Aboriginal and Community Outreach, Tailings Management and Biodiversity Conservation Management. The Horizon mine is at the early stages of its TSM reporting with an audit in 2021 for its first reporting period.

Environment and Stakeholder teams continue to proactively inform stakeholders about environmental performance through engagement meetings and Canadian Natural’s Annual Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.

For more information, please visit www.cnrl.com.

2019 TSM Results

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Crisis Management and Communications Planning Assessment
Facility Crisis management and communications preparednessReviewTraining
Canadian Natural Resources Limited – Corporate
Albian Sands
Horizon
Results as of: December 31, 2020
Aboriginal and Community Outreach Assessment
Community of Interest (COI) identificationEffective COI engagement and dialogueCOI response mechanismReporting
Albian Sands
Horizon

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020
Safety and Health Assessment
Commitments and accountabilityPlanning and implementationTraining, behaviour and cultureMonitoring and reportingPerformance
Albian Sands
Horizon

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020
Tailings Management Assessment
Tailings management policy and commitmentTailings management systemAssigned accountability and responsibilityAnnual tailings management reviewOperation, maintenance and surveillance (OMS) manual
Albian Sands
Horizon

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020
Biodiversity Conservation Management Assessment
Commitment, accountability and communicationsConservation planning and implementationReporting
Albian Sands
Horizon

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020
Energy and GHG Emissions Management Assessment
Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions managementEnergy use and greenhouse gas emissions reporting systemsEnergy and greenhouse gas emissions performance targets
Albian Sands
Horizon

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020


Other TSM Results

TSM Results 2019

TSM Results 2018

TSM Results 2017

TSM Results 2016

TSM Results 2015

TSM Results 2014

TSM Results 2013

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