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Chinese takeover bid of Nexen stirring Tory tension

Canada needs $650B energy boost: minister

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By Jim Morrois, ReutersSeptember 8, 2012

China is not the only possible source of the massive investment that Canada needs to develop its oil-rich tarsands and other energy assets, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said on Friday.

Cash-rich Chinese companies are showing an increased interest in Canadian oil and gas and Ottawa is currently reviewing a $15.1-billion takeover bid for Canadian oil company Nexen Inc. by Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd.

The CNOOC bid is causing political tensions, since some members of the governing Conservative Party are uneasy about the idea of a state-owned Chinese company buying as-sets in Canada.

Oliver, who says Canada’s energy patch needs at least $650 billion in investment over the next decade - dismissed the suggestion that China was the sole nation with access to such sums.

“China is not the only source of capital in the world. We have had investment from the United States, more from the United States than any other country,” he told reporters in Vancouver.

That said, if the CNOOC bid is approved, Chinese in-vestment in the oilsands and Canadian energy assets in the last year alone will have hit more than $20 billion, far more than any other country over the same period.

Oliver cited France, the Netherlands, Japan and Malaysia as other investors.

Oliver said his comments should not be taken as a hint of whether or not Canada will approve the CNOOC bid.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday that Ottawa would study CNOOC’s approach particularly closely because the deal is large and the company is a state-owned.

Harper went to China in February to promote Canadian oil. Canada exports almost no crude to China and will not be able to do so until more pipelines are built from the Alberta oilsands to ports in British Columbia.

There is increasing opposition in British Columbia to the idea of building pipelines, which critics say will mean an increase in tanker traffic and the chances of a catastrophic spill.

One of the proposed pipelines would be built by Enbridge Inc, which was blasted by U.S. regulators in late July over an “absolutely unacceptable” spill in the U.S. Midwest.

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Chinese takeover bid of Nexen stirring Tory tension

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