Bringing Quality Engineering To Western Canada
The Keywest Projects Ltd. team is behind some of Western Canada’s largest oil and gas projects—but it’s the team’s community mindedness and record for exceptionally executed projects that are its biggest accomplishments.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, Keywest, a privately-owned Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) company, forged its own path by concentrating on quality services and solutions for upstream and mid-stream oil and gas producers, both domestically and internationally. Founded by Perry Jasson and Stewart Nichols, Keywest is the end result of a drive for successfully executed projects through exceptional engineering capabilities and standards.
Greg Bury, Vice President, Corporate Development at Keywest, recalls the company’s beginnings in a small office with four employees. In only ten years, Keywest has shown remarkable growth and now boasts a team approaching 200 who work primarily in the natural gas and conventional oil space in Western Canada.
Keywest got its first 3000-hour project within the first six months of it founding, followed shortly thereafter by contracts with Petronas Canada (formerly known as Progress Energy), one of the largest natural gas resource owners in Canada, thanks to a dominant land position in the resource-rich area of northeast BC.
“From the quality of our work on these projects, things escalated quickly,” says Bury. “It wasn’t just one project, rather it was a portfolio of projects which provided the base from which we grew so quickly.We began engineering multiple gas plants and support facilities for multiple Oil & Gas producers and midstreamers, and now we are one of the preferred EPCM companies in Western Canada.”
Keywest is currently working in the Montney and Duvernay formations on multiple Oil and Gas processing facilities, well pad programs, pipelines, optimization programs, and integration projects for both multinational and national clients.
Keywest specializes in quality solutions for conceptual development (pre-FEED & FEED), detailed design, construction management, start-up, commission and operational support. But the key to the company’s success “is our people,” Bury says, unequivocally.
“As our President [Jasson] says, we are a relationship company, first and foremost,” says Bury.
“Our clients know the relationships we develop are also internal. We don’t commoditize our people; creating a culture of respected coworkers and friends is a pillar of this company.”
The Keywest team is passionate about giving back to the communities in which it works. Jasson and Nichols are ardent supporters of the United Way, and that support is embedded in the fibre of the company. “Keywest is a big supporter of the United Way and other charities, encouraging those around us to participate in a number of campaign events and activities,” says Bury.
Shelby Meek, Business Development & Marketing Coordinator, is key in organizing team-building and community events, says Bury. “We do things with the United Way like volunteering time at a Day of Caring, participating in United Way Events and hosting an annual United Way Campaign.
On a larger scale, Keywest has a history of being a regular contributor to the United Way.
“We are very proud to have raised about $80,000 last year for the United Way with about 150 people, and we have already begun devising strategies for our United Way 2019 Campaign,” says Bury. Keywest has also been the recipient and nominee of the Quantum Leap under 500 Award for its incredible participation and campaign dollars.
With renewed passion for results, the Keywest team has built long term relationships with its clients and established a proven record of success in delivering value and service to the industry, and support to the community.