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A yellow Encana natural gas pipeline marker in Michigan.
A yellow Encana natural gas pipeline marker in Michigan.
(REBECCA COOK/REUTERS)

The oil sands connection to Encana’s PetroChina deal

Even in a deal where China invests in Canadian natural gas fields, the oil sands are lurking in the background.

The Duvernay play, in contrast to other areas that have attracted interest from Asian state-owned enterprises, is not so much about the potential for shipping liquefied natural gas across the Pacific.