FACTBOX-Recent consolidation in the oil & gas sector

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - The global oil and gas sector has seen a flurry of consolidation in recent weeks, as companies look to snap up assets before an economic recovery sends prices higher.

Here are some of the recently announced deals and deal talks in the sector:

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* China's state-run Sinochem Corp agrees a $878 million takeover of Emerald Energy EMEN.L to gain access to the oil and gas explorer's operations in Syria and Colombia. [ID:nL0565114] (August 12)

* Secretive Russian oil tycoon Gennady Timchenko spends an estimated $1.6 billion on an 18 percent stake in gas firm Novatek NVTK.MM. [ID:nLB90755] (August 11)

* Canada's Petrobank PBG.TO offers to buy Tristar Oil & Gas TOG.TO for $2.08 billion, giving it a stake in a prolific Saskatchewan oil field. [ID:nN05241156] (August 5)

* U.S. acquisition shell Hicks TOH.A, founded by sports billionaire Tom Hicks, agrees to buy unlisted oil company Resolute Natural Resources for $582 million. [ID:nN03164122] (August 3)

* Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) TAQA.AD expands its North Sea assets by buying Dutch chemicals group DSM NV DSMN.AS for $407 million. [ID:nLT376710] (July 29)

* GLG Partners GLG.N is planning to launch a seed venture that will list in London with a value of around $500 million and then acquire oil production companies worldwide, sources say. [ID:nN27523194] (July 27)

* State-owned Chinese companies CNPC [CNPET.UL] and CNOOC 0883.HK are among those interested in YPF, the Argentine unit of Spanish oil major Repsol REP.MC, sources say. [ID:nHKG136703] (July 21)

* North Sea gas producer Venture Production VPC.L rejects hostile $2 bln offer from utility Centrica CNA.L, the owner of British Gas. [ID:nLD39003] (July 13)

* China's Sinopec 600028.SS agrees to buy Swiss oil explorer Addax Petroleum Corp AXC.TO for $7.24 billion to secure energy supplies. [ID:nBNG477261] (June 25)

* Russia's Gazprom Neft SIBN.MM seeks control of mid-sized oil firm Sibir Energy SBE.L, buying most of the free float in the London-listed company. [ID:nLI336792] [ID:nLT98655] (June 18/29)

* UK-based oil explorer Heritage Oil HOIL.L agrees a $6 billion merger with Genel Energy International, a unit of Turkey's Cukurova Group. [ID:nL9405539] (June 9)

* Dubai state firm Emirates National Oil Company says it is in talks to buy the 48 percent it doesn't own in London-listed Dragon Oil DGO.LDGO.I, which has a market cap of $2.66 billion. [ID:nL5151846] (June 5)

Compiled by Victoria Bryan and Rosalba O’Brien