UPDATE 3-Canadian Natural mulls shale-gas property sale or partnership

Thu Mar 7, 2013 4:38pm EST
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* Puts 250,000 acres of shale-gas land up for sale

* Will also consider joint venture with LNG partner

* Raises quarterly dividend by 19 percent

* Q4 net income C$0.32/shr vs C$0.76 in Q4/11

* Q4 adjusted profit C$0.33/shr vs C$0.39/shr expected

* Shares rise 3.7 pct

By Scott Haggett

March 7 (Reuters) - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, Canada's largest oil producer, said on Thursday it may sell part of its massive British Columbia shale-gas holdings or find a partner to develop the property.

The company, which on Thursday reported a 58 percent drop in fourth quarter profit, said it will look for a buyer or find a partner with liquefied natural gas expertise for 250,000 acres of land it holds in the prolific Montney shale gas field in northeastern British Columbia, about a fourth of all its property in the region.   Continued...