Minister of Industry Confirms Extension of Review Period

Minister of Industry Confirms Extension of Review Period Under the
Investment Canada Act 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/02/12 -- Today, the Honourable
Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, made the following
"The review period for CNOOC Limited's proposed acquisition of Nexen
Inc. under the Investment Canada Act has been extended to December
10, 2012. 
"Extensions to the review period are not unusual. In general terms,
the Act provides an initial 45 days for the review, which can be
extended for an additional 30 days. The review period may be extended
again by the Minister, with the consent of the investor. A decision
can be made at any time within this period. 
"The proposed transaction is undergoing a rigorous review under the
Investment Canada Act. A determination will be made based on the six
clear factors that are laid out in detail in section 20 of the Act
and the Guidelines on Investment by State-Owned Enterprises. 
"The required time will be taken to conduct a thorough and careful
review of this proposed investment."
Margaux Stastny
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
Minister of Industry
Media Relations
Industry Canada
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