UPDATE 1-Petronas to meet Canadian officials on Progress deal

Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:12pm EDT
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* Canada says meeting set for late Tuesday in Ottawa

* Petronas aims to show how deal of net benefit to Canada

OTTAWA/KUALA LUMPUR Oct 23 (Reuters) - Representatives of Malaysia's Petronas will meet later on Tuesday with Canadian government officials who blocked the state oil company's C$5.17 billion ($5.2 billion) bid for Progress Energy Resources Corp, Canadian Industry Minister Christian Paradis said.

"They will do it later today," Paradis told Reuters in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, where the talks will take place.

Petronas issued a statement earlier saying it would meet with officials to try to address the government's concerns about the bid.

"Petronas and Progress will work together to ensure that the minister has the necessary information to determine that the proposed acquisition of Progress will likely be of net benefit to Canada," Petronas said in a statement.

Canada blocked Petronas' bid for Progress Energy last Friday after Industry Minister Christian Paradis said it was not likely to bring a net benefit to the country. He gave Petronas 30 days to make additional representations.

Progress Chief Executive Michael Culbert on Monday blamed a "communications breakdown" for Canada's surprise rejection of the deal, and said he was optimistic that the deal could get back on track.

Progress Energy fell 3 percent on Tuesday to C$19.05 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after skidding 9 percent on Monday. The share price is well below Petronas's initial C$22-a-share offer.