CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Oct. 29, 2010) - Nexen Inc. announces that, as a result of issues arising from the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico, it has signed an amended agreement with Ensco regarding the ENSCO 8502, an ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig. Under the amended agreement, Nexen is entitled to a special rate until such time as the rig is mobilized to the first drilling location designated by Nexen.
"We are pleased that the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico has been lifted and we are looking forward to getting back to work here," said Marvin Romanow, Nexen's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have submitted applications for permits to drill our near-term exploration prospects and are waiting on approvals. As we await these approvals, our estimated cost for non-productive time ranges from $15 million to less than $40 million assuming we are able to commence drilling later this year or at the beginning of the second quarter 2011. We are actively pursuing opportunities to further reduce this cost."
Nexen Inc. is an independent, Canadian-based global energy company, listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol NXY. We are focused on three growth strategies: oil sands and unconventional gas in Western Canada and conventional exploration and development primarily in the North Sea, offshore West Africa and deepwater Gulf of Mexico. We add value for shareholders through successful full-cycle oil and gas exploration and development, and leadership in ethics, integrity, governance and environmental stewardship.
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The forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, levels of activity and achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include, among others: market prices for oil and gas and chemicals products; our ability to explore, develop, produce, upgrade and transport crude oil and natural gas to markets; ultimate effectiveness of design or design modifications to facilities; the results of exploration and development drilling and related activities; the cumulative impact of oilsands development on the environment; the impact of technology on operations and processes and how new complex technology may not perform as expected; the availability of pipeline and global refining capacity; risks inherent to the operation of any large, complex refinery units, especially the integration between production operations and an upgrader facility; availability of third-party bitumen for use in our oilsands production facilities; labour and material shortages; risk related to accidents, blowouts and spills in connection with our offshore exploration, development and production activities, particularly our deepwater activities; direct and indirect risk related to the imposition of moratoriums, suspensions or cancellations on our offshore exploration, development and production operations, particularly our deepwater activities; the impact of severe weather on our offshore exploration, development and production activities, particularly our deepwater activities; the effectiveness and reliability of our technology in harsh and unpredictable environments; risks related to the actions of our agents and contractors; volatility in energy trading markets; foreign-currency exchange rates; economic conditions in the countries and regions in which we carry on business; governmental actions including changes to taxes or royalties, changes in environmental and other laws and regulations including, without limitation, those related to our offshore exploration, development and production activities; renegotiations of contracts; results of litigation, arbitration or regulatory proceedings; and political uncertainty, including actions by terrorists, insurgent or other groups, or other armed conflict, including conflict between states; and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. The impact of any one risk, uncertainty or factor on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable with certainty as these factors are interdependent, and management's future course of action would depend on our assessment of all information at that time.
Although we believe that the expectations conveyed by the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on information available to us on the date such forward-looking statements were made, no assurances can be given as to future results, levels of activity and achievements. Undue reliance should not be placed on the statements contained herein, which are made as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, Nexen undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Readers should also refer to Items 1A and 7A in our 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Part II, Item 1A in our second quarter 2010 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for further discussion of the risk factors.
Cautionary Note to US Investors
In this disclosure, we may refer to "recoverable reserves", "recoverable resources" and "recoverable contingent resources" which are inherently more uncertain than proved reserves or probable reserves. These terms are not used in our filings with the SEC. Our reserves and related performance measures represent our working interest before royalties, unless otherwise indicated. Please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K available from us or the SEC for further reserve disclosure.
Michael J. Harris, CA
Vice President, Investor Relations
Lavonne Zdunich, CA
Manager, Investor Relations
Tim Chatten, P.Eng
Analyst, Investor Relations
Vice President, Corporate Relations
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