Chinainvestsin Canada oil project
China is helping to finance the development of a pro-posed $5.51 billion dollar oil pipeline to Canada´s West Coastthat would open the Asian market to Canadian crude, which isnow chiefiy consumed by the U.S.
State-owned China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., orSinopec, is among a consortium of Canadian oil producers andAsian refiners investing $100 million in Enbridge Inc.´s proposedNorthern Gateway pipeline, Enbridge ChiefExecutive Pat Dan- iel said during a Web cast investor conference onjanuary 20.
The Northern Gateway pipeline would pipe an averageof 525,000´barrels of crude oil a day from Canada´s oil-sandsregion to a port in British Columbia, from which it would beshipped to Asian markets. Regulators aren´t expected to ruleon whether the project can go forward until next year. If ap- proved, construction is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
Canada´s oil sands hold an estimated 170 billion barrels of oil, making it the second-largest oil reserve in the world, afterSaudi Arabia´s. The U.S. is the only export market for Cana- dian crude oil, and Canada is the U.S.´s largest single supplier.......