From CBC

Shell obtained the shares last year when it sold its oil sands properties

Royal Dutch Shell is selling its entire stake in Canadian Natural Resources for $3.3 billion US.

The Dutch oil giant says it will use proceeds of the sale of almost 98 million shares — about eight per cent of the company — to pay down debt.

Shell got its stake in CNR last year when it sold its interest in a number of oil sands assets to CNR for $11 billion, who paid for the projects through a combination of cash and stock.

Once the deal closes on Wednesday, Shell’s only ownership stake in Alberta’s oilsands will be a 10 per cent share of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, the vast majority of which is owned by CNR and Chevron.


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