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FACTBOX-Asian investments in Canada's oil sands

(In U.S. dollars unless noted)

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Asian state oil companies and sovereign wealth funds are paying top dollar for assets in Canada’s oil sands, making it increasingly tough for domestic players to compete. [ID:nN01288346]

Here is a list of Asian oil sands deals:

* November 24 - Osum Oil Sands Corp, a small privately owned development company, says it will sell C$100 million ($99 million) worth of its shares to Korea Investment Corp, marking the sovereign wealth fund’s second oil sands investment.

* November 23 -Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production PTTE.BK agrees to pay $2.3 billion for a 40 percent stake in Statoil ASA's STL.OLSTO.N oil sands project. It is Thailand's first foray into the Canadian energy industry.

* August 2010 - Korea Investment Corp pays C$50 million for a minor stake in Laracina Energy Ltd, a small, privately held oil sands developer.

* May 2010 - Penn West Energy Trust PWT_u.TO sells a 45 percent stake in oil sands properties near Peace River, Alberta, to China Investment Corp for $801 million.

* April 2010 - Sinopec Corp 600028.SS, China's second-largest oil producer and top refiner, agrees to buy ConocoPhillips' COP.N 9.03 percent stake in Syncrude Canada Ltd, the largest oil sands project, for $4.65 billion.

* August 2009 - PetroChina 601857.SS buys a 60 percent stake in two undeveloped oil sands properties held by Athabasca Oil Sands Corp ATH.TO that could eventually produce as much as 500,000 barrels per day.

The Canadian government offers no opposition to the investment by state-controlled PetroChina and formally approves the acquisition in December.

* April 2009 - Sinopec acquires an additional 10 percent stake in Total SA's TOTF.PA undeveloped Northern Lights oil sands project. The purchase brings Sinopec's stake in Northern Lights to 50 percent, after buying a 40 percent interest in the project in May 2005 for C$105 million. Construction of Northern Lights, once expected to cost C$10.7 billion, is on hold as the partners weigh new development options.

* November 2007 - Japan's Inpex Corp 1605.T takes a 10 percent stake in Total's Joslyn oil sands project for an undisclosed price.

* July 2006 - Korea National Oil Corp [KOILC.UL] pays $270 million for Newmont Mining Corp's NEM.N BlackGold oil sands property.

* April 2005 - CNOOC Ltd 0883.HK pays C$122 million for 16.7 percent in privately held MEG Energy Ltd, which is developing an oil sands project in northern Alberta that could eventually pump up to 210,000 bpd, while other properties in MEG's portfolio could eventually produce 500,000 bpd.

$1=$1.02 Canadian Reporting by Scott Haggett and Jeffrey Jones; editing by Peter Galloway

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