Nexen Announces Continued Progress on Strategic Initiatives & Solid Second Quarter Results

CALGARY, Alberta, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

- Performance at Buzzard & Usan Drives Increased Production and Cash Flow

Nexen Inc. (TSX: NXY) (NYSE: NXY) today reported second quarter 2012 operating and financial results and provided an update on strategic priorities.

Production volumes averaged 213,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), a 5% increase from the first quarter. These volumes reflected the ramp-up of our Usan project offshore West Africa and solid performance from our UK assets, in particular the Buzzard platform. Cash flow from operations was up 6% to $707 million ($1.34/share) as we recognized the first cash flow from Usan and continued to benefit from our exposure to Brent-priced oil and strong cash netbacks. Net income decreased 36% from the prior quarter to $109 million ($0.20/share) primarily due to the previously announced unsuccessful Kakuna exploration well in the Gulf of Mexico.

We continue to make good progress on several of our strategic priorities:

  • Buzzard operations were very strong; the facility produced 194,000 boe/d (84,000 boe/d net to Nexen) with a production efficiency of 88%, which exceeded our target of 85%.
  • Usan continues to ramp-up and is currently producing over 100,000 barrels per day (bbls/d) (20,000 bbls/d net to Nexen) from the initial production wells.
  • In the Gulf of Mexico, we continue to be excited by our success at Appomattox. We recently completed a successful appraisal well in the south fault block of the structure and the preliminary indications are that we are near the upper end of our expectations. Next, we plan on drilling a sidetrack to test additional resource potential in the northwest fault block.
  • We also continue to progress our exploration program elsewhere, with drilling operations underway on the North Uist well in the UK North Sea and the Owowo West well, offshore West Africa.
  • We achieved first production from pad 12 at Long Lake and began steaming pad 13 ahead of expectations; these pads are expected to produce 11,000-17,000 bbls/d of gross bitumen production following an 18 to 24 month ramp-up.

"I'm pleased that we continue to make significant progress against our milestones and that we've generated solid financial results over the past few quarters," said Kevin Reinhart, Nexen's interim President & CEO. "A renewed focus on operational excellence has allowed us to meet our production guidance again this quarter, and our growth plans are also advancing, with important progress at Long Lake, ongoing success at Appomattox and a couple of exciting exploration wells underway."

Operational Update

Conventional

Offshore West Africa - Oil production from Usan started February 24 on block OML-138, offshore Nigeria. Seven wells are now on-stream and since late April, production rates have averaged between 100,000 and 110,000 bbls/d (20,000-22,000 bbls/d net to Nexen). We expect to bring on additional producing wells later this year.

In July, we spudded an exploration well at Owowo West on block OPL-223 and expect to reach target depth there this fall. This well is in close proximity to our oil discovery at Owowo South B.

UKNorth Sea - Buzzard production efficiency was strong in the second quarter at 88%, calculated using an assumed maximum production rate of 220,000 boe/d. This exceeds our target of 85% efficiency, excluding planned downtime.

We plan to begin the scheduled major vessel inspection and turnaround at Buzzard in the first week of September. Production will be shut-in for several weeks as the work is completed; the facility is expected to return to full rates by mid-October.

We recently drilled a successful appraisal well in the Northern Terrace area of the Buzzard field. We are currently testing our discovery there and plan to sidetrack to assess the resource size.

At Telford, we saw very good rates from the TAC tieback in the second half of the quarter as we worked through minor facility issues encountered during start-up.

The Golden Eagle development continues to progress towards first oil in late 2014. The fabrication of the platform facilities is well underway; construction is on time and on budget.

Drilling is underway on our North Uist exploration prospect, which is located to the west of the Shetland Islands. Results from the BP-operated well are expected in the third quarter.

Gulf of Mexico - Our top priority in the Gulf of Mexico is continuing our exploration and appraisal program in the Norphlet play along with our partner, Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.

To date, we have booked 65 million barrels of probable reserves in the south fault block of the Appomattox structure and added 50 million barrels of net contingent resource in the northeast fault block. We further delineated the south fault block during the second quarter with an appraisal well that encountered over 400 feet of net true vertical thickness oil pay and confirmed excellent reservoir quality. This well came in at the high end of our expectations and as a result, it could have a positive impact on our probable reserves.

We have five more exploration and appraisal targets in the Norphlet play that we plan to test over the next twelve months, including:

  • A sidetrack from the recently completed appraisal well to test incremental resource potential in the northwest fault block of the Appomattox structure.
  • An exploration well targeting a structure between Appomattox and our prior discovery at Vicksburg.
  • A sidetrack from that well to further appraise the northeast fault block.
  • Two nearby exploration wells at Petersburg and Rydberg.

These wells will allow us to progress a development plan for Appomattox and continue to test the potential of the significant acreage position we have accumulated in the area.

We have a 20% interest in Appomattox, a 25% interest in Vicksburg and similar interests in numerous other blocks in the Norphlet play. The remaining interests are held by Shell, who is the operator.

Oil Sands

LongLake - Production from Long Lake was 33,700 bbls/d (gross) at a steam-oil-ratio of 5.0. Production was down slightly from 34,500 bbls/d in the first quarter as growth from pad 11 was offset by steam outages and well downtime, primarily during April. Production in May and June averaged 35,400 bbls/d (gross).

At pad 11, recent weekly averages have been about 6,000 bbls/d and we expect those rates to continue to increase going forward.

At pad 12, we are currently producing from four of the nine wells. The remaining wells are expected to be converted from circulation to production over the next few weeks. Pad 12 started production ahead of schedule due to new completion techniques and processes that will now be standard for future wells. The nine wells on pad 13 also began steaming ahead of schedule, primarily as a result of the efficiency of steam utilization on the pad 12 start-up.

A major turnaround beginning in mid-August will result in lower third quarter production rates compared to the first and second quarters of this year. Due to the turnaround, we expect approximately three weeks of SAGD downtime and six weeks of upgrader downtime.

Once the turnaround has been completed, we expect production to resume an upward trend. Steam injection is currently at record levels of about 190,000 bbls/d; we are directing this steam to the best available resource. We expect our year-end exit rate to be strong with pad 11 growth, the ramp-up of pads 12 and 13, and improved facility operations following the turnaround. We also have a few infill wells and re-drills that will start to contribute to production in the fourth quarter.

Upgrader yield (PSC[TM] barrels per barrel of bitumen) was 74% and facility on-stream time (percent of available bitumen processed) was 90%. Per-barrel operating costs were consistent with the prior quarter. Following the turnaround, we expect operating costs to decrease on a per-barrel basis as production increases. Lower oil prices and production resulted in a reduction in cash flow from the prior quarter.

                      Long Lake Quarterly Operating Metrics
                                                    Unit
                    Bitumen             Steam  Operating         Cash Realized
         Production (Gross) Injection (Gross)    Cost[1]         Flow    Price
                   (bbls/d)          (bbls/d)    ($/bbl) ($ millions)  ($/bbl)
    2012
      Q2             33,700           170,000         70            4       87
      Q1             34,500           163,000         69           18       94
    2011
      Q4             31,500           151,000         67           22       97
      Q3             29,500           144,000         85          (4)       94
      Q2             27,900           152,000         95            6      109
      Q1             25,500           146,000         89         (19)       90
    2010
      Q4             28,100           158,000         86          (9)       83
      Q3             25,700           146,000         85         (42)       71
       1. Unit operating costs and realized prices are before royalties and
         based on PSC(TM) and bitumen volumes sold and exclude activities
        related to third-party bitumen purchased, processed and sold. Unit
                      operating cost includes energy costs.


We continue to make good progress towards filling the upgrader with additional wells in good-quality resource. We expect to begin drilling on pads 14, 15 and Kinosis 1A over the next several weeks. Together with the existing producing wells, we anticipate these wells will allow us to fill the upgrader over the next few years:

                     Number of       Expected Peak
                         Wells               Rates                      Timing
                                            bbls/d
    Pads 12 &                                          Ramp-up over next 18-24
    13                      18     11,000 - 17,000                      months
    Pads 14 &                                          Steam in second half of
    15                      11       4,000 - 7,000                        2013
    Kinosis 1A              29     15,000 - 25,000               Steam in 2014


Nexen has a 65% working interest in both Long Lake and Kinosis and is the operator. CNOOC Canada Inc. holds a 35% working interest in both Long Lake and Kinosis.

Shale Gas

Northeast British Columbia - Our previously announced joint venture agreement with INPEX and JGC is now expected to close before the end of July. All conditions of the transaction are expected to be met next week.

We are finalizing the completion activities on an 18-well pad in the Horn River. The pad is slated to come on-stream in the fourth quarter, concurrent with the facility expansion which will increase our production capacity to about 175 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d) from approximately 50 mmcf/d. Lease earning activities are also commencing on our Liard acreage. Nexen and INPEX plan to develop our significant shale gas resource as economic conditions permit. We have also agreed to jointly investigate the feasibility of LNG export opportunities.

Production Summary

                        Average Daily Quarterly        Average Daily Quarterly
                    Production before Royalties     Production after Royalties
    Crude Oil,
    NGLs and
    Natural
    Gas
    (mboe/d)        Q2 2012   Q1 2012   Q2 2011    Q2 2012   Q1 2012   Q2 2011
    UK -
    Buzzard              84        82        49         84        82        49
    UK - Other           30        29        35         30        28        35
    Canada -
    In Situ              22        22        18         20        21        17
    Canada -
    Oil & Gas            20        22        20         20        21        19
    West
    Africa               20         3         -         18         2         -
    Canada -
    Syncrude             17        21        20         17        19        18
    United
    States               14        16        25         13        15        22
    Other
    Countries             6         7        37          5         4        20
    Total               213       202       204        207       192       180


Production increased 5% from the first quarter on a before-royalties basis and 8% on an after-royalties basis. The increase was primarily driven by the ramp-up of Usan and good performance from the Buzzard field. Those increases were offset by a longer than expected turnaround at Syncrude and lower rates at Longhorn in the Gulf of Mexico.

Guidance Update

Production of 213,000 boe/d met our guidance of 190,000 to 235,000 boe/d.

We are on-track to meet our third and fourth quarter production guidance, with Buzzard, Usan and Long Lake continuing to be the critical drivers of our guidance ranges.

                               Average Daily Production before Royalties
    Crude
    Oil, NGLs
    and                                    Q2
    Natural           Q1         Q2      2012                                   2012
    Gas             2012       2012     Prior      Q3 2012      Q4 2012       Annual
    (mboe/d)      Actual     Actual      Est.     Estimate     Estimate     Estimate
    UK -
    Buzzard           82         84     75-95        50-60        75-95      70 - 85
    UK -
    Other             29         30     26-34        20-26        25-32      24 - 32
    Canada -
    In Situ           22         22     20-27        14-18        22-28      19 - 25
    Canada -
    Oil & Gas         22         20     15-18        15-17        15-20      15 - 19
    Canada -
    Syncrude          21         17     18-20        22-24        22-24      21 - 23
    United
    States            16         14     15-20        13-17        15-17      15 - 19
    West
    Africa             3         20     13-30        20-35        22-35      14 - 28
    Other
    Countries          7          6         2            2            2            2
                     202        213  ~190-235    ~160 -190     ~205-240    ~185 -220
                                                                


At Buzzard, production will be primarily driven by production efficiency and the length of the turnaround. We expect that total planned shutdown days for the year will fall within our guidance of 29 to 42 days.

We also have downtime on the Scott platform planned for the third quarter. This will allow us to prepare the tie-in of the Rochelle facilities and complete regular platform maintenance. Rochelle is expected to be on-stream around the end of the year.

At Usan, the primary drivers of production will continue to be the timing of new well start-ups and overall well performance.

The primary factors affecting Long Lake production for the third quarter are well performance and the length of the planned turnaround. Our guidance reflects three weeks of production downtime related to the turnaround. In the fourth quarter, production should reflect facility improvements made during the turnaround as well as growing production from pads 11, 12 and 13.

Financial Results

                                                         Three Months Ended
                                                       Jun. 30 Mar. 31 Jun. 30
    (Cdn$ millions, unless noted)                         2012    2012    2011
    Brent (US$/bbl)                                     108.66  119.13  117.36
    WTI (US$/bbl)                                        93.49  102.93  102.56
    NYMEX natural gas (US$/mmbtu)                         2.35    2.51    4.37
    Nexen Average Realized Oil & Gas Price ($/boe)       88.65   94.67   95.31
    Cash netback ($/boe)[1]                              44.51   45.81   42.38
    Average Daily Production (mboe/d)
                            Before Royalties               213     202     204
                            After Royalties                207     192     180
    Cash flow from operations[2 ]                          707     670     598
                            Per common share ($/share)    1.34    1.27    1.13
    Net income                                             109     171     252
                            Per common share ($/share)    0.20    0.32    0.48
    Capital investment[3]                                  743     757     530
    Net debt[4]                                          3,136   3,449   2,838
              1.                 Cash netback is defined as our corporate
                                  average cash netback from oil and gas
                                          operations, after-tax.
              2.               For reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure,
                                 see Cash Flow from Operations on pg. 10.
              3.                   Includes geological and geophysical
                                            expenditures.
              4.                Net debt is defined as long-term debt and
                                 short-term borrowings less cash and cash
                                               equivalents.


The second quarter financial results were strong, as the contribution from Usan and higher production volumes more than offset lower oil prices. Cash netbacks were fairly consistent with the first quarter as growth in our high-netback Usan production offset lower oil prices. This, combined with higher production, resulted in cash flow from operations increasing 6% compared to the prior quarter.

We continue to realize financial benefits from shipping oil off the west coast of Canada under the long-term contract we secured at the beginning of this year. During the quarter, our export capacity to the west coast of Canada generated approximately $34 million of incremental cash flow, a benefit which we expect to continue as long as Brent trades at a premium to North American crudes. Year-to-date, we have generated more than $70 million of cash flow from this source.

Net income declined to $109 million from $171 million in the first quarter due to the charge for the previously announced unsuccessful Kakuna exploration well.

Net debt decreased slightly compared to the first quarter. We expect to receive cash from our shale gas joint venture in the third quarter. This may be partially offset by capital expenditures exceeding cash flow, depending on oil prices.

Quarterly Dividends

The Board of Directors has declared the regular quarterly dividend of $0.05 per common share payable October 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on September 10, 2012.

The Board has also declared the quarterly dividend on our Series 2 Preferred Shares of $0.3125 per share payable September 30, 2012 to shareholders of record on September 10, 2012.

About Nexen

Nexen Inc. is an independent, Canadian-based global energy company, listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol NXY. Nexen is focused on three growth strategies: oil sands and shale gas in western Canada and conventional exploration and development primarily in the North Sea, offshore West Africa and deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Nexen adds value for shareholders through successful full-cycle oil and gas exploration and development, and leadership in ethics, integrity, governance and environmental stewardship.

For further information on our shale gas joint venture, please refer to our press release dated November 29, 2011. For more information on our estimates of reserves, please refer to our 2011 Annual Information Form. For more information on our estimates of resource, please refer to our press releases dated November 15, 2010 and April 2, 2012.

Earnings Conference Call

Nexen will discuss our 2012 second quarter financial results in a conference call on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 7:00 am Mountain Time (9:00 am Eastern Time).

Kevin Reinhart, interim President and CEO, and Una Power, Senior Vice President and interim CFO, will discuss the financial and operating results as well as Nexen's business strategy and future expectations.

                   Conference Call Details:
      Date:              Thursday, July 19, 2012
      Time:    7:00 am Mountain Time (9:00 am Eastern Time)


To listen to the conference call, please call one of the following:

+1(647)427-7450 (Toronto)
+1(888)231-8191 (North American toll-free)
0(800)051-7107 (UK toll-free)

We invite you to visit our website at http://www.nexeninc.com/2012q2 to listen to a live webcast of the conference call. Supplementary slides will also be available on our website.

A replay of the call will be available for two weeks starting at 10:00 am Mountain Time, July 19 by calling (416) 849-0833 (Toronto) or (855) 859-2056 (toll-free), passcode 94675938.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this Release constitute "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended) or "forward-looking information" (within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation). Such statements or information (together "forward-looking statements") are generally identifiable by the forward-looking terminology used such as "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "plan", "expect", "estimate", "budget", "outlook", "forecast" or other similar words and include statements relating to or associated with individual wells, regions or projects. Any statements as to possible future crude oil or natural gas prices; future production levels; future royalties and tax levels; future capital expenditures, their timing and their allocation to exploration and development activities; future earnings; future asset acquisitions or dispositions; future sources of funding for our capital program; future debt levels; availability of committed credit facilities; possible commerciality of our projects; development plans or capacity expansions; the expectation that we have the ability to substantially grow production at our oil sands facilities through controlled expansions; the expectation of achieving the production design rates from our oil sands facilities; the expectation that our oil sands production facilities continue to develop better and more sustainable practices; the expectation of cheaper and more technologically advanced operations; the expected design size of our facilities; the expected timing and associated production impact of facility turnarounds and maintenance; the expectation that we can continue to operate our offshore exploration, development and production facilities safely and profitably; future ability to execute dispositions of assets or businesses; future sources of liquidity, cash flows and their uses; future drilling of new wells; ultimate recoverability of current and long-term assets; ultimate recoverability of reserves or resources; expected finding and development costs; expected operating costs; future cost recovery oil revenues from our Yemen operations; the expectation of our ability to comply with the new safety and environmental rules enacted in the US at a minimal incremental cost, and of receiving necessary drilling permits for our US offshore operations; estimates on a per share basis; future foreign currency exchange rates; future expenditures and future allowances relating to environmental matters and our ability to comply with them; dates by which certain areas will be developed, come on stream or reach expected operating capacity; and changes in any of the foregoing are forward-looking statements.

Statements relating to "reserves" or "resources" are forward-looking statements, as they involve the implied assessment, based on estimates and assumptions that the reserves and resources described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced in the future.

All of the forward-looking statements in this Release are qualified by the assumptions that are stated or inherent in such forward-looking statements. Although we believe that these assumptions are reasonable based on the information available to us on the date such assumptions were made, this list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the forward-looking statements and the reader should not place an undue reliance on these assumptions and such forward-looking statements. The key assumptions that have been made in connection with the forward-looking statements include the following: that we will conduct our operations and achieve results of operations as anticipated; that our development plans will achieve the expected results; the general continuance of current or, where applicable, assumed industry conditions; the continuation of assumed tax, royalty and regulatory regimes; the accuracy of the estimates of our reserve volumes; commodity price and cost assumptions; the continued availability of adequate cash flow and debt and/or equity financing to fund our capital and operating requirements as needed; and the extent of our liabilities. We believe the material factors, expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these factors, expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control and each of which contributes to the possibility that our forward-looking statements will not occur or that actual results, levels of activity and achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include, among others: market prices for oil and gas; 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 oil sands 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 operations 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 oil sands production facilities; labour and material shortages; risks related to accidents, blowouts and spills in connection with our offshore exploration, development and production activities, particularly our deep-water activities; direct and indirect risks related to the imposition of moratoriums, suspensions or cancellations of our offshore exploration, development and production operations, particularly our deep-water activities; the impact of severe weather on our offshore exploration, development and production activities, particularly our deep-water activities; the effectiveness and reliability of our technology in harsh and unpredictable environments; risks related to the actions and financial circumstances of our agents and contractors, counterparties and joint venture partners; 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; 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.

These risks, uncertainties and other factors and their possible impact are discussed more fully in the sections titled "Risk Factors" in our 2011 Annual Information Form and "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk" in our 2011 annual MD&A. 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 forward-looking statements contained herein, which are made as of the date hereof as the plans, intentions, assumptions or expectations upon which they are based might not occur or come to fruition. Except as required by applicable securities laws, Nexen undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Included herein is information that may be considered financial outlook and/or future-oriented financial information (FOFI). Its purpose is to indicate the potential results of our intentions and may not be appropriate for other purposes. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Note to Investors on Reserves and Resources
The reserves estimates in this disclosure were prepared with an effective date of December 31, 2011.  The resource estimates were prepared on March 31, 2012.  These estimates have been internally prepared by an internal qualified reserves evaluator in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101") and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook ("COGE Handbook"). For more information on this reserves estimate and Nexen's reserves estimation process please refer to our 2011 Annual Information Form. For more information on our Appomattox resource estimate please refer to our press release dated April 2, 2012. Both our Annual Information Form and news releases are available athttp://www.nexeninc.comandhttp://www.sedar.com.

Conversions of gas volumes to boe in these estimates were made on the basis of 1 boe to 6 mcf of natural gas. A boe conversion ratio of 6 mcf:1 bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. Using the forecast prices applied to our reserves estimates, the boe conversion ratio based on wellhead value is approximately 30 mcf:1 bbl. Disclosure provided herein in respect of boes may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.

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Financial Highlights

                                       Three Months Ended    Six Months Ended
                                               March
                                     June 30      31 June 30  June 30  June 30
    (Cdn$ millions, except per-share
    amounts)                            2012    2012    2011     2012     2011
    Net Sales [1]                      1,659   1,696   1,507    3,355    3,105
    Cash Flow from Operations [1]        707     670     598    1,377    1,267
    Per Common Share, Basic
    ($/share)                           1.34    1.27    1.13     2.60     2.40
    Per Common Share, Diluted
    ($/share)                           1.28    1.22    1.10     2.50     2.34
    Net Income [1]                       109     171     252      280      454
    Per Common Share, Basic
    ($/share)                           0.20    0.32    0.48     0.52     0.86
    Capital Investment [2]               743     757     530    1,500    1,029
    Net Debt [3]                       3,136   3,449   2,838    3,136    2,838
    Common Shares Outstanding
    (millions of shares)               529.3   528.9   527.0    529.3    527.0


[1]     Includes results of discontinued operations. See Note 23 of our 2011 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements.
[2]     Includes oil and gas development, exploration, and expenditures for other property, plant and equipment.
[3]     Net debt is defined as long-term debt and short-term borrowings less cash and cash equivalents.

Cash Flow from Operations [1]

                                        Three Months Ended    Six Months Ended
                                                March
                                      June 30      31 June 30  June 30  June 30
    (Cdn$ millions)                      2012    2012    2011     2012     2011
    Conventional Oil & Gas
    United Kingdom                        919   1,065     699    1,984    1,586
    North America                          15      38      91       53      156
    Other Countries                       165      19     173      184      311
    Oil Sands
    In Situ                                 4      18       6       22     (13)
    Syncrude                               70      91     103      161      210
                                        1,173   1,231   1,072    2,404    2,250
    Interest, Marketing and Other
    Corporate Items [2]                  (70)    (81)    (90)    (151)    (175)
    Income Taxes                        (396)   (480)   (384)    (876)    (808)
    Cash Flow from Operations             707     670     598    1,377    1,267


[1] Defined as cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital and other. We evaluate our performance and that of our business segments based on earnings and cash flow from operations. Cash flow from operations is a non-GAAP term that represents cash generated from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital and other. We consider it a key measure as it demonstrates our ability to generate the cash flow necessary to fund future growth through capital investment. Cash flow from operations may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other companies.

                                        Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
                                                March
                                      June 30      31 June 30  June 30  June 30
    (Cdn$ millions)                      2012    2012    2011     2012     2011
    Cash Flow from Operating
    Activities                          1,159     508   1,020    1,667    1,750
    Changes in Non-Cash Working
    Capital                             (446)     146   (419)    (300)    (485)
    Other                                   6      28       5       34       18
    Impact of Annual Crude Oil Put
    Options                              (12)    (12)     (8)     (24)     (16)
    Cash Flow from Operations             707     670     598    1,377    1,267
 
    Weighted Average Number of Common
    Shares Outstanding, Basic
    (millions of shares)                  529     529     527      529      527
    Cash Flow from Operations Per
    Common
    Share, Basic ($/share)               1.34    1.27    1.13     2.60     2.40
 
    Cash Flow from Operations,
    Diluted                               713     676     604    1,390    1,279
    Weighted Average Number of Common
    Shares Outstanding, Diluted
    (millions of shares)                  556     553     547      555      546
    Cash Flow from Operations Per
    Common
    Share, Diluted ($/share)             1.28    1.22    1.10     2.50     2.34


[2]     Includes results of discontinued operations. See Note 23 of our 2011 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements.

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Production Volumes (before royalties)[1]

                                       Three Months Ended    Six Months Ended
                                    June 30 March 31 June 30  June 30  June 30
    (mboe/d)                           2012     2012    2011     2012     2011
    Conventional Oil and Gas
    United Kingdom                    114.2    110.9    83.8    112.5     93.3
    North America [2]                  34.4     38.1    45.6     36.3     47.2
    Other Countries [3]                25.5      9.5    36.5     17.5     38.2
                                      174.1    158.5   165.9    166.3    178.7
    Oil Sands
    Long Lake Bitumen [4]              21.9     22.4    18.1     22.2     17.4
    Syncrude                           17.2     21.3    20.4     19.3     21.8
                                       39.1     43.7    38.5     41.5     39.2
 
    Total Production                  213.2    202.2   204.4    207.8    217.9
 
    Total Crude Oil and Liquids
    (mbbls/d)                         178.7    167.4   161.5    173.1    173.7
    Total Natural Gas (mmcf/d)          207      209     257      208      265


Production Volumes (after royalties)

                                       Three Months Ended    Six Months Ended
                                    June 30 March 31 June 30  June 30  June 30
    (mboe/d)                           2012     2012    2011     2012     2011
    Conventional Oil and Gas
    United Kingdom                    113.7    110.4    83.5    112.0     93.1
    North America [2]                  33.1     35.4    41.6     34.3     42.9
    Other Countries [3]                22.9      6.5    20.4     14.7     21.3
                                      169.7    152.3   145.5    161.0    157.3
    Oil Sands
    Long Lake Bitumen [4]              20.4     21.0    16.9     20.7     16.3
    Syncrude                           16.9     18.8    17.8     17.9     20.1
                                       37.3     39.8    34.7     38.6     36.4
 
    Total Production                  207.0    192.1   180.2    199.6    193.7
 
    Total Crude Oil and Liquids
    (mbbls/d)                         173.2    159.2   140.4    166.3    152.9
    Total Natural Gas (mmcf/d)          203      197     239      200      245


[1]     We have presented production volumes before royalties as we measure our performance on this basis consistent with other Canadian oil and gas companies.
[2]     Includes shale gas production in Canada.
[3]     Other Countries consists of production in Nigeria, Yemen and Colombia.
[4]     We report Long Lake bitumen as production.

Nexen Inc.
Oil and Gas Prices and Cash Netback [1]

                                                                         Total
                         Quarters - 2012          Quarters - 2011         Year
    (all dollar
    amounts in Cdn$
    unless noted)        1st    2nd 3rd 4th    1st    2nd    3rd    4th   2011
    PRICES:
    Brent Crude Oil
    (US$/bbl)         119.13 108.66         104.97 117.36 113.47 109.31 111.28
    WTI Crude Oil
    (US$/bbl)         102.93  93.49          94.10 102.56  89.76  94.06  95.12
    Nexen Average -
    Oil (Cdn$/bbl)    111.62 102.21          98.37 110.28 103.98 108.44 105.21
    NYMEX Natural Gas
    (US$/mmbtu)         2.51   2.35           4.20   4.37   4.06   3.48   4.03
    AECO Natural Gas
    (Cdn$/mcf)          2.39   1.74           3.58   3.54   3.53   3.29   3.48
    Nexen Average -
    Gas (Cdn$/mcf)      3.13   2.58           4.51   4.75   4.36   3.63   4.31
    NETBACKS [1]:
    United Kingdom
    Crude Oil:
    Sales (mbbls/d)    106.9  105.3          104.2   73.3   75.2   92.7   86.3
    Price Received
    ($/bbl)           118.12 105.82          99.97 110.67 107.58 110.46 106.76
    Natural Gas:
    Sales (mmcf/d)        33     31             36     37     26     22     30
    Price Received
    ($/mcf)             7.83   6.64           7.29   8.20   7.28   6.52   7.42
    Total Sales
    Volume (mboe/d)    112.3  110.4          110.2   79.5   79.5   96.4   91.3
 
    Price Received
    ($/boe)           114.65 102.74          96.91 105.87 104.13 107.70 103.32
    Royalties & Other   0.51   0.55              -   0.11   0.82   0.54   0.36
    Operating Costs    10.14  10.90           9.85   8.48  14.46   9.99  10.60
    In-country Taxes   45.41  38.84          42.46  42.76  41.00  43.24  42.41
    Netback            58.59  52.45          44.60  54.52  47.85  53.93  49.95
    Oil Sands - In
    Situ [2]
    Sales (mbbls/d)     17.8   16.5           12.9   14.3   11.8   16.7   13.9
 
    Price Received
    ($/bbl)            94.45  86.58          89.82 108.78  94.15  97.28  98.33
    Royalties & Other   4.79   6.10           3.58   6.05   5.07   5.29   5.05
    Operating Costs    68.89  69.95          89.43  95.34  85.42  67.41  83.44
    Netback [2]        20.77  10.53         (3.19)   7.39   3.66  24.58   9.84
    Oil Sands -
    Syncrude
    Sales (mbbls/d)     21.3   17.2           23.2   20.4   21.6   18.2   20.8
 
    Price Received
    ($/bbl)            92.54  89.85          94.60 111.79  97.65 104.32 101.73
    Royalties & Other  11.25 (3.03)           4.30  13.82   4.65  10.59   8.10
    Operating Costs    31.36  44.96          36.11  39.98  37.10  38.24  37.78
    Netback            49.93  47.92          54.19  57.99  55.90  55.49  55.85
    United States
    Crude Oil:
    Sales (mbbls/d)      8.0    7.3            9.2    8.9    7.7    7.2    8.2
    Price Received
    ($/bbl)           108.40 102.19          91.39 101.89  96.00 110.89  99.65
    Natural Gas:
    Sales (mmcf/d)        50     41            103     96     81     66     86
    Price Received
    ($/mcf)             2.67   2.19           4.36   4.42   4.27   3.59   4.21
    Total Sales
    Volume (mboe/d)     16.3   14.1           26.3   24.9   21.2   18.2   22.6
 
    Price Received
    ($/boe)            61.33  58.84          48.91  53.56  50.72  57.27  52.31
    Royalties & Other   6.02   6.12           5.65   6.11   5.63   3.31   5.30
    Operating Costs    17.29  17.87          10.43  10.72  11.18  16.73  11.96
    Netback            38.02  34.85          32.83  36.73  33.91  37.23  35.05


[1]     Netbacks are defined as average sales price less royalties, other operating costs and in-country taxes.
[2]     Excludes activities related to third-party bitumen purchased, processed and sold.

Nexen Inc.
Oil and Gas Cash Netback [1](continued)

                                                                         Total
                         Quarters - 2012          Quarters - 2011         Year
    (all dollar
    amounts in Cdn$
    unless noted)        1st    2nd 3rd 4th    1st    2nd    3rd    4th   2011
    Canada - Natural
    Gas [2]
    Sales (mmcf/d)       131    120             97     85     79    112     93
 
    Price Received
    ($/mcf)             2.12   1.67           3.65   3.62   3.51   3.08   3.44
    Royalties & Other   0.08 (0.05)           0.28   0.24   0.27   0.17   0.23
    Operating Costs     1.58   1.62           1.70   1.54   1.65   1.70   1.65
    Netback             0.46   0.10           1.67   1.84   1.59   1.21   1.56
    Other Countries
    [3]
    Sales (mbbls/d)      5.4   27.0           36.7   41.0   33.5   29.4   35.1
 
    Price Received
    ($/bbl)           119.61 105.59         101.17 111.56 107.64 111.10 107.85
    Royalties & Other  48.76  17.27          44.95  50.38  47.54  43.83  46.92
    Operating Costs    13.02  17.70          10.62   9.23  12.97  19.89  12.73
    In-country Taxes    9.31   2.50          12.81  15.58  14.71  13.27  14.17
    Netback            48.52  68.12          32.79  36.37  32.42  34.11  34.03
    Company-Wide
    Oil and Gas Sales
    (mboe/d)           195.0  205.2          225.5  194.3  180.7  197.6  199.2
 
    Price Received
    ($/boe)            94.67  88.65          85.98  95.31  91.06  94.11  91.46
    Royalties & Other   3.87   3.19           8.74  13.47  10.83   8.62  10.34
    Operating & Other
    Costs              18.56  19.74          17.32  18.68  20.80  19.56  19.00
    In-country Taxes   26.43  21.21          22.84  20.78  20.76  23.08  21.92
    Netback            45.81  44.51          37.08  42.38  38.67  42.85  40.20


[1]     Netbacks are defined as average sales price less royalties and other, operating costs and in-country taxes.
[2]     Includes Canadian conventional, CBM and shale gas activities. Shale gas was included beginning in the fourth quarter of 2011 when it became commercial.
[3]     Other Countries relates to Yemen, Colombia and West Africa.

Nexen Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income
For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30

                                                  Three Months      Six Months
                                                 Ended June 30   Ended June 30
    (Cdn$ millions, except per-share amounts)     2012    2011    2012    2011
    Revenues and Other Income
    Net Sales                                    1,659   1,507   3,355   3,105
    Marketing and Other Income (Note 8)            128      95     158     141
                                                 1,787   1,602   3,513   3,246
    Expenses
    Operating                                      376     341     715     704
    Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization       488     335     885     705
    Transportation and Other                       105     112     225     179
    General and Administrative                     115      76     241     181
    Exploration                                    155      93     215     219
    Finance (Note 5)                                81      60     145     134
    Loss on Debt Redemption and Repurchase           -       1       -      91
    Gain from Dispositions (Note 10)              (45)       -    (45)       -
                                                 1,275   1,018   2,381   2,213
 
    Income from Continuing Operations before
    Provision
    for Income Taxes                               512     584   1,132   1,033
 
    Provision for (Recovery of) Income Taxes
    Current                                        396     384     876     808
    Deferred                                         7    (52)    (24)      73
                                                   403     332     852     881
 
    Net Income from Continuing Operations          109     252     280     152
    Net Income from Discontinued Operations,
    Net of Tax                                       -       -       -     302
    Net Income Attributable to Nexen Inc.
    Shareholders                                   109     252     280     454
 
    Earnings Per Common Share from Continuing
    Operations ($/share) (Note 6)
    Basic                                         0.20    0.48    0.52    0.29
 
    Diluted                                       0.19    0.45    0.52    0.27
 
    Earnings Per Common Share ($/share) (Note
    6)
    Basic                                         0.20    0.48    0.52    0.86
 
    Diluted                                       0.19    0.45    0.52    0.84


See accompanying notes to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Nexen Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

                                             June 30 December 31
    (Cdn$ millions)                             2012        2011
    Assets
    Current Assets
    Cash and Cash Equivalents                  1,255         845
    Restricted Cash                              102          45
    Accounts Receivable                        1,685       2,247
    Derivative Contracts                         155         119
    Inventories and Supplies                     283         320
    Other                                        137         115
    Total Current Assets                       3,617       3,691
    Non-Current Assets
    Property, Plant and Equipment (Note 3)    16,030      15,571
    Goodwill                                     292         291
    Deferred Income Tax Assets                   442         338
    Derivative Contracts                           5          25
    Other Long-Term Assets                       112         152
    Total Assets                              20,498      20,068
 
    Liabilities
    Current Liabilities
    Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities   2,285       2,867
    Income Taxes Payable                         849         458
    Derivative Contracts                         105         103
    Total Current Liabilities                  3,239       3,428
    Non-Current Liabilities
    Long-Term Debt                             4,391       4,383
    Deferred Income Tax Liabilities            1,561       1,488
    Asset Retirement Obligations               2,020       2,010
    Derivative Contracts                           5          24
    Other Long-Term Liabilities                  443         362
    Equity (Note 6)
    Share Capital
    Common Shares                              1,183       1,157
    Preferred Shares                             195           -
    Retained Earnings                          7,435       7,211
    Cumulative Translation Adjustment             26           5
    Total Equity                               8,839       8,373
    Total Liabilities and Equity              20,498      20,068


See accompanying notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Nexen Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30

                                                  Three Months      Six Months
                                                 Ended June 30   Ended June 30
    (Cdn$ millions)                               2012    2011    2012    2011
    Operating Activities
    Net Income from Continuing Operations          109     252     280     152
    Net Income from Discontinued Operations          -       -       -     302
    Charges and Credits to Income not
    Involving Cash (Note 9)                        455     261     906     610
    Exploration Expense                            155      93     215     219
    Changes in Non-Cash Working Capital (Note
    9)                                             446     419     300     485
    Other                                          (6)     (5)    (34)    (18)
                                                 1,159   1,020   1,667   1,750
 
    Financing Activities
    Repayment of Long-Term Debt                      -   (525)       -   (871)
    Issue of Preferred Shares                        -       -     195       -
    Dividends Paid on Common Shares               (27)    (26)    (53)    (52)
    Issue of Common Shares                           8       8      26      31
    Other                                          (4)     (6)     (6)       1
                                                  (23)   (549)     162   (891)
 
    Investing Activities
    Capital Expenditures
    Exploration, Evaluation and Development      (718)   (516) (1,454)   (992)
    Corporate and Other                           (25)    (20)    (46)    (37)
    Proceeds from Dispositions (Note 10)            46      12      53     474
    Changes in Restricted Cash                    (82)     (2)    (56)    (11)
    Changes in Non-Cash Working Capital (Note
    9)                                              23      31      65     115
    Other                                          (4)    (23)       5    (75)
                                                 (760)   (518) (1,433)   (526)
 
    Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash
    and Cash Equivalents                            23    (15)      14    (26)
 
    Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash
    Equivalents                                    399    (62)     410     307
 
    Cash and Cash Equivalents - Beginning of
    Period                                         856   1,374     845   1,005
 
    Cash and Cash Equivalents - End of Period
    [1]                                          1,255   1,312   1,255   1,312


[1] Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2012 consists of cash of $319 million and short-term investments of $936 million (June 30, 2011 - cash of $218 million and short-term investments of $1,094 million).

See accompanying notes to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Nexen Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity
For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30

                                                  Three Months      Six Months
                                                 Ended June 30   Ended June 30
    (Cdn$ millions)                               2012    2011    2012    2011
 
    Share Capital
    Common Shares, Beginning of Period           1,175   1,134   1,157   1,111
    Issue of Common Shares                           8       8      26      31
    Common Shares, Balance at End of Period      1,183   1,142   1,183   1,142
 
    Preferred Shares, Beginning of Period          195       -       -       -
    Issue of Preferred Shares                        -       -     195       -
    Preferred Shares, Balance at End of Period     195       -     195       -
 
    Retained Earnings, Beginning of Period       7,356   6,868   7,211   6,692
    Net Income Attributable to Nexen Inc.
    Shareholders                                   109     252     280     454
    Dividends on Common and Preferred Shares
    (Note 6)                                      (30)    (26)    (56)    (52)
    Balance at End of Period                     7,435   7,094   7,435   7,094
 
    Cumulative Translation Adjustment,
    Beginning of Period                            (8)    (48)       5    (37)
    Currency Translation Adjustment                 23     (7)       5    (18)
    Realized Translation Adjustments [1]            11       -      16       -
    Balance at End of Period                        26    (55)      26    (55)


[1] Net of income tax recovery for the three months ended June 30, 2012 of $5 million (2011 - net of income tax expense of $11 million) and net of income tax recovery for the six months ended June 30, 2012 of $7 million (2011 - net of income tax expense of $20 million).

See accompanying notes to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Nexen Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income
For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30

                                                  Three Months      Six Months
                                                 Ended June 30   Ended June 30
    (Cdn$ millions)                               2012    2011    2012    2011
    Net Income Attributable to Nexen Inc.
    Shareholders                                   109     252     280     454
    Other Comprehensive Income (Loss):
    Currency Translation Adjustment
    Net Translation Gains (Losses) of Foreign
    Operations                                      98    (35)      14   (139)
    Net Translation Gains (Losses) on
    US$-Denominated Debt Hedging of Foreign
    Operations [1]                                (75)      28     (9)     121
    Total Currency Translation Adjustment           23     (7)       5    (18)
    Total Comprehensive Income                     132     245     285     436


[1] Net of income tax recovery for the three months ended June 30, 2012 of $10 million (2011 - net of income tax expense of $4 million) and net of income tax recovery for the six months ended June 30, 2012 of $1 million (2011 - net of income tax expense of $17 million).

See accompanying notes to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Nexen Inc.
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Cdn$ millions, except as noted

1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Nexen Inc. (Nexen, we or our) is an independent, global energy company with operations in the UK North Sea, US Gulf of Mexico, offshore Nigeria, Canada, Yemen, Colombia and Poland. Nexen is incorporated and domiciled in Canada and our head office is located at 801-7th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Nexen's shares are publicly traded on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.

These Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Specifically, they have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard (IAS) 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements do not include all of the information required for annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2011, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRS.

The Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements were authorized for issue by Nexen's Board of Directors on July 18, 2012.

2. ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The accounting policies we follow are described in Note 2 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2011. There have been no changes to our accounting policies since December 31, 2011.

3. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT (PP&E)

Carrying amount of PP&E

                             Exploration       Assets  Producing
                                     and        Under  Oil & Gas Corporate
                              Evaluation Construction Properties and Other  Total
    Cost
    As at December 31, 2011        2,206        2,347     19,832       837 25,222
    Additions                        390          335        729        46  1,500
    Disposals/Derecognitions         (9)            -       (74)      (15)   (98)
    Transfers [1]                      -      (1,862)      1,862         -      -
    Exploration Expense            (215)            -          -         -  (215)
    Other                           (17)            -         51        17     51
    Effect of Changes in
    Exchange Rate                      5            1         40         1     47
    As at June 30, 2012            2,360          821     22,440       886 26,507
 
    Accumulated
    Depreciation, Depletion
    & Amortization (DD&A)
    As at December 31, 2011          368            -      8,860       423  9,651
    DD&A                              33            -        809        43    885
    Disposals/Derecognitions         (8)            -       (74)      (12)   (94)
    Other                              -            -        (8)        17      9
    Effect of Changes in
    Exchange Rate                      -            -         26         -     26
    As at June 30, 2012              393            -      9,613       471 10,477
 
    Net Book Value
    As at December 31, 2011        1,838        2,347     10,972       414 15,571
    As at June 30, 2012            1,967          821     12,827       415 16,030


[1] Includes PP&E costs related to our Usan development, offshore Nigeria which came on-stream February 2012.

Exploration and evaluation assets mainly comprise of unproved properties and capitalized exploration drilling costs. Assets under construction at June 30, 2012 primarily include our developments in the UK North Sea.

4. LONG-TERM DEBT

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, we borrowed and repaid nil and $254 million on our term credit facilities, respectively. We recorded $85 million and $10 million, respectively, of unrealized foreign exchange losses on long-term debt in other comprehensive income.

We have undrawn, committed, unsecured term credit facilities of $3.8 billion, of which $700 million is available until 2014 and $3.1 billion is available until 2017. As at June 30, 2012, $232 million of our term credit facilities were utilized to support letters of credit (December 31, 2011-$367 million).

Nexen has undrawn, uncommitted, unsecured credit facilities of approximately $180 million. We utilized $21 million of these facilities to support outstanding letters of credit at June 30, 2012 (December 31, 2011-$17 million).

Nexen has uncommitted, unsecured credit facilities of approximately $214 million exclusively to support letters of credit. We utilized $3 million of these facilities to support outstanding letters of credit at June 30, 2012 (December 31, 2011-$4 million).

5. FINANCE EXPENSE

                                                  Three Months      Six Months
                                                 Ended June 30   Ended June 30
                                                  2012    2011    2012    2011
    Interest on Long-Term Debt                      73      74     148     158
    Accretion Expense Related to Asset
    Retirement Obligations                          13      12      26      23
    Other Interest and Fees                          7       3      12      10
    Total                                           93      89     186     191
    Less: Capitalized at 6.7% (2011 - 6.6%)       (12)    (29)    (41)    (57)
    Total                                           81      60     145     134


Capitalized interest relates to and is included as part of the cost of our oil and gas properties. The capitalization rates are based on our weighted-average cost of borrowings.

6. EQUITY

(a)     Common Shares

Authorized share capital consists of an unlimited number of common shares of no par value. At June 30, 2012, there were 529,335,905 common shares outstanding (December 31, 2011-527,892,635 common shares).

(b)     Preferred Shares

Authorized share capital consists of an unlimited number of Class A preferred shares of no par value, issuable in series. At June 30, 2012, there were 8,000,000 Cumulative Redeemable Class A Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series 2 outstanding (December 31, 2011-nil).

(c)     Earnings Per Common Share (EPS)

We calculate basic EPS using net income attributable to Nexen Inc. shareholders, adjusted for preferred share dividends and divided by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding. We calculate diluted EPS in the same manner as basic, except we adjust basic earnings for the potential conversion of the subordinated debentures and potential exercise of outstanding tandem options for shares, if dilutive. We use the weighted-average number of diluted common shares outstanding in the denominator of our diluted EPS calculation.

                                                  Three Months      Six Months
                                                 Ended June 30   Ended June 30
    (Cdn$ millions)                               2012    2011    2012    2011
    Net Income Attributable to Nexen Inc.
    Shareholders                                   109     252     280     454
    Preferred Share Dividends                      (2)       -     (3)       -
    Net Income Attributable to Nexen Inc.
    Shareholders, Basic                            107     252     277     454
    Potential Tandem Options Exercises             (7)    (14)     (3)     (9)
    Potential Conversion of Subordinated
    Debentures                                       -       6      13      12
    Net Income Attributable to Nexen Inc.
    Shareholders, Diluted                          100     244     287     457
 
    (millions of shares)
    Weighted Average Number of Common Shares
    Outstanding, Basic                             529     527     529     527
    Common Shares Issuable Pursuant to Tandem
    Options                                          -       2       -       2
    Common Shares Notionally Purchased from
    Proceeds of
    Tandem Options                                   -     (2)       -     (2)
    Common Shares Issuable Pursuant to
    Potential Conversion
    of Subordinated Debentures                       -      20      26      19
    Weighted Average Number of Common Shares
    Outstanding, Diluted                           529     547     555     546


In calculating the weighted-average number of diluted common shares outstanding and related earnings adjustments for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, we excluded 14,910,152 and 14,879,437 tandem options, respectively (2011-15,068,347 and 15,210,923, respectively) because their exercise price was greater than the average common share market price in the quarter. During the three months ended June 30, 2012, the potential conversion of tandem options was the only dilutive instrument. During the six months ended June 30, 2012, and the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, the potential conversion of tandem options and subordinated debentures were the only dilutive instruments.

(d)     Dividends

We paid dividends of $0.05 and $0.10 per common share, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 ($0.05 and $0.10 per common share for the respective periods ended June 30, 2011). Dividends paid to holders of common shares have been designated as "eligible dividends" for Canadian tax purposes.

On July 18, 2012, the board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per common share, payable October 1, 2012 to the shareholders of record on September 10, 2012. Also, the board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.3125 per preferred share, payable September 30, 2012 to the shareholders of record on September 10, 2012.

7. COMMITMENTS, CONTINGENCIES AND GUARANTEES

As described in Note 19 to the 2011 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements, there are a number of lawsuits and claims pending, the ultimate results of which cannot be ascertained at this time. We record costs as they are incurred or become determinable. We believe that payments, if any, related to existing indemnities would not have a material adverse effect on our liquidity, financial condition or results of operations.

We assume various contractual obligations and commitments in the normal course of our operations. During the quarter, we entered into drilling rig commitments in the UK North Sea.

                             2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Thereafter
    Drilling Rig Commitments    -   74   46    -    -          -


The commitments above are in addition to those included in Note 19 to the 2011 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Note 7 to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three months ended March 31, 2012.

8. MARKETING AND OTHER INCOME

                                                  Three Months      Six Months
                                                 Ended June 30   Ended June 30
                                                  2012    2011    2012    2011
    Marketing Revenue, Net                         110      51     175     102
    Foreign Exchange Gains (Losses)                 12       6     (4)    (16)
    Change in Fair Value of Crude Oil Put
    Options                                          2       -    (34)     (7)
    Insurance Proceeds                               -      26       -      26
    Other                                            4      12      21      36
    Total                                          128      95     158     141


9. CASH FLOWS

(a)      Charges and credits to income not involving cash

                                                  Three Months      Six Months
                                                 Ended June 30   Ended June 30
                                                  2012    2011    2012    2011
    Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization       488     335     885     705
    Gain from Dispositions                        (45)       -    (45)       -
    Change in Fair Value of Crude Oil Put
    Options                                        (2)       -      34       7
    Stock-Based Compensation                       (2)    (29)      24     (2)
    Foreign Exchange                               (8)     (6)       8      17
    Provision for (Recovery of) Deferred
    Income Taxes                                     7    (52)    (24)      73
    Loss on Debt Redemption and Repurchase           -       1       -      91
    Non-Cash Items Included in Discontinued
    Operations                                       -       -       -   (290)
    Other                                           17      12      24       9
    Total                                          455     261     906     610


(b)      Changes in non-cash working capital

                                                Three Months      Six Months
                                               Ended June 30   Ended June 30
                                                2012    2011    2012    2011
    Accounts Receivable                          348     240     513   (134)
    Inventories and Supplies                      47     163      40     184
    Other Current Assets                        (15)    (17)    (17)     (9)
    Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities   (283)   (248)   (546)     169
    Current Income Taxes Payable                 372     312     375     390
    Total                                        469     450     365     600
 
    Relating to:
    Operating Activities                         446     419     300     485
    Investing Activities                          23      31      65     115
    Total                                        469     450     365     600


(c)      Other cash flow information

                         Three Months      Six Months
                        Ended June 30   Ended June 30
                         2012    2011    2012    2011
    Interest Paid          58      66     148     130
    Income Taxes Paid      17      69     497     460


10. DISPOSITIONS

Asset Dispositions

Canadian Undeveloped Leases

During the quarter, we sold non-core leases in Canada for proceeds of $46 million and recognized a gain of $45 million.

11. OPERATING SEGMENTS AND RELATED INFORMATION

Nexen has the following operating segments:

Conventional Oil and Gas: We explore for, develop and produce crude oil and natural gas from conventional sources around the world. Our operations are focused in the UK North Sea, North America (Canada and US) and other countries (offshore Nigeria, Colombia, Yemen and Poland).

Oil Sands: We develop and produce synthetic crude oil from the Athabasca oil sands in northern Alberta. We produce bitumen using in situ and mining technologies and upgrade it into synthetic crude oil before ultimate sale. Our in situ activities are comprised of our operations at Long Lake and future development phases. Our mining activities are conducted through our 7.23% ownership of the Syncrude Joint Venture.

Shale Gas: We explore for and produce unconventional gas from shale formations in northeast British Columbia. Production and results of operations are included within Conventional Oil and Gas until they become significant.

Corporate and Other includes energy marketing and unallocated items. The results of Canexus have been presented as discontinued operations.

The accounting policies of our operating segments are the same as those described in Note 2 of our Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2011. Net income (loss) of our operating segments excludes interest income, interest expense, income tax expense, unallocated corporate expenses and foreign exchange gains and losses. Identifiable assets are those used in the operations of the segments.

Segmented net income for the three months ended June 30, 2012

                                                               Corporate
                                                                     and
                           Conventional            Oil Sands       Other Total
                    United   North         Other   In
                   Kingdom America Countries [1] Situ Syncrude
 
    Net Sales        1,028      88           217  173      145         8 1,659
    Marketing and
    Other Income         3       -             -    -        1       124   128
                     1,031      88           217  173      146       132 1,787
 
    Less: Expenses
    Operating          109      41            43  107       70         6   376
    Depreciation,
    Depletion and
    Amortization       224      72           112   51       16        13   488
    Transportation
    and Other            5       9             -   51        6        34   105
    General and
    Administrative       3      22             9   11        -        70   115
    Exploration         19     139       (3) [2]    -        -         -   155
    Finance              6       4             1    -        2        68    81
    Gain on
    Dispositions         -    (13)             - (32)        -         -  (45)
    Income (Loss)
    before
    Income Taxes       665   (186)            55 (15)       52      (59)   512
    Less:
    Provision for                                                          403
    Income Taxes                                                           [3]
    Net Income                                                             109
 
    Capital
    Expenditures       243     177       122 [4]  127       62        12   743


[1] Includes results of operations in Nigeria, Yemen and Colombia.
[2] Includes exploration activities primarily in Colombia and Poland, and recovery of previously expensed exploration costs in Norway.
[3] Includes UK current tax expense of $380 million.
[4] Includes capital expenditures in Nigeria of $91 million.

Segmented net income for the three months ended June 30, 2011

                                                               Corporate
                                                                     and
                          Conventional           Oil Sands         Other Total
                                        Other
                     United   North Countries
                    Kingdom America    [1, 2] In Situ Syncrude
 
    Net Sales           764     134       229     188      181        11 1,507
    Marketing and
    Other Income          1      30         3       -        1        60    95
                        765     164       232     188      182        71 1,602
 
    Less: Expenses
    Operating            61      36        35     127       75         7   341
    Depreciation,
    Depletion and
    Amortization        133     116        23      36       14        13   335
    Transportation
    and Other             -      11        11      51        6        33   112
    General and
    Administrative        2      19         8       2        -        45    76
    Exploration          13      41    37 [3]       2        -         -    93
    Finance               5       4         1       -        2        48    60
    Loss on Debt
    Redemption            -       -         -       -        -         1     1
    Income (Loss)
    before
    Income Taxes        551    (63)       117    (30)       85      (76)   584
    Less: Provision
    for Income                                                             332
    Taxes                                                                  [4]
    Net Income                                                             252
 
    Capital
    Expenditures        104     123   171 [5]      91       27        14   530


[1] Includes results of operations in Yemen and Colombia.
[2] Includes Yemen Masila net sales of $169 million and net income before taxes of $78 million.
[3] Includes exploration activities primarily in Norway, Colombia and Poland.
[4] Includes UK current tax expense of $323 million.
[5] Includes capital expenditures in Nigeria of $114 million.

Segmented net income for the six months ended June 30, 2012

                                                               Corporate
                                                                     and
                           Conventional            Oil Sands       Other Total
                    United   North         Other   In
                   Kingdom America Countries [1] Situ Syncrude
 
    Net Sales        2,194     194           251  391      303        22 3,355
    Marketing and
    Other Income         9       3             7    -        1       138   158
                     2,203     197           258  391      304       160 3,513
 
    Less: Expenses
    Operating          213      85            52  221      131        13   715
    Depreciation,
    Depletion and
    Amortization       470     138           118  100       32        27   885
    Transportation
    and Other            5      16             -  128       12        64   225
    General and
    Administrative       8      46            18   22        -       147   241
    Exploration         30     177         8 [2]    -        -         -   215
    Finance             12       8             1    1        4       119   145
    Gain on
    Dispositions         -    (13)             - (32)        -         -  (45)
    Income (Loss)
    before
    Income Taxes     1,465   (260)            61 (49)      125     (210) 1,132
    Less:
    Provision for                                                          852
    Income Taxes                                                           [3]
    Net Income                                                             280
 
    Capital
    Expenditures       438     432       252 [4]  276       82        20 1,500


[1] Includes results of operations in Nigeria, Yemen and Colombia.
[2] Includes exploration activities primarily in Colombia and Poland, and recovery of previously expensed exploration costs in Norway.
[3] Includes UK current tax expense of $856 million.
[4] Includes capital expenditures in Nigeria of $187 million.

Segmented net income for the six months ended June 30, 2011

                                                               Corporate
                                                                     and
                          Conventional           Oil Sands         Other Total
                                        Other
                     United   North Countries
                    Kingdom America    [1, 2] In Situ Syncrude
 
    Net Sales         1,726     267       414     303      370        25 3,105
    Marketing and
    Other Income         17      32         7       -        1        84   141
                      1,743     299       421     303      371       109 3,246
 
    Less: Expenses
    Operating           159      76        70     234      150        15   704
    Depreciation,
    Depletion and
    Amortization        315     221        48      65       30        26   705
    Transportation
    and Other             -      15        16      69       12        67   179
    General and
    Administrative     (10)      52        23      13        -       103   181
    Exploration          17     100   100 [3]       2        -         -   219
    Finance              10       8         1       1        3       111   134
    Loss on Debt
    Redemption            -       -         -       -        -        91    91
    Income (Loss)
    before
    Income Taxes      1,252   (173)       163    (81)      176     (304) 1,033
    Less: Provision
    for Income                                                             881
    Taxes                                                                  [4]
    Income from
    Continuing
    Operations                                                             152
    Add: Net Income
    from
    Discontinued
    Operations                                                             302
    Net Income                                                             454
 
    Capital
    Expenditures        178     242   317 [5]     220       46        26 1,029


[1] Includes results of operations in Yemen and Colombia.
[2] Includes Yemen Masila net sales of $315 million and net income before taxes of $135 million.
[3] Includes exploration activities primarily in Norway, Colombia and Poland.
[4] Includes UK current tax expense of $749 million.
[5] Includes capital expenditures in Nigeria of $214 million.

Segmented assets as at June 30, 2012

                                                              Corporate
                                                                    and
                          Conventional           Oil Sands        Other  Total
                    United     North     Other    In
                   Kingdom   America Countries  Situ Syncrude
 
    Total Assets     5,073     3,516     2,295 6,027    1,436 2,151 [1] 20,498
 
    Property,
    Plant and
    Equipment
    Cost             7,519     7,502     2,814 6,191    1,811       670 26,507
    Less:
    Accumulated
    DD&A             4,122     4,418       783   301      439       414 10,477
                                               5,890
    Net Book Value   3,397 3,084 [2] 2,031 [3]   [4]    1,372       256 16,030


[1] Includes cash of $667 million, and Energy Marketing accounts receivable, current derivative assets and inventory of $935 million.
[2] Includes net book value of $1,495 million associated with our Canadian shale gas operations.
[3] Includes net book value of $1,896 million related to our Usan development, offshore Nigeria.
[4] Includes net book value of $5,162 million for Long Lake Phase 1 and $728 million for future phases of our in situ oil sands projects.

Segmented assets as at December 31, 2011

                                                              Corporate
                                                                    and
                          Conventional           Oil Sands        Other  Total
                    United     North     Other    In
                   Kingdom   America Countries  Situ Syncrude
 
    Total Assets     4,817     3,403     2,138 5,881    1,423 2,406 [1] 20,068
 
    Property,
    Plant and
    Equipment
    Cost             7,103     7,256     2,566 5,915    1,733       649 25,222
    Less:
    Accumulated
    DD&A             3,707     4,299       648   205      411       381  9,651
                                               5,710
    Net Book Value   3,396 2,957 [2] 1,918 [3]   [4]    1,322       268 15,571


[1] Includes cash of $453 million, and Energy Marketing accounts receivable, current derivative assets and inventory of $1,449 million.
[2] Includes net book value of $1,293 million associated with our Canadian shale gas operations.
[3] Includes net book value of $1,821 million related to our Usan development, offshore Nigeria.
[4] Includes net book value of $5,050 million for Long Lake Phase 1 and $660 million for future phases of our in situ oil sands projects. 

For further information:
For investor relations inquiries, please contact:
Janet Craig
Vice President, Investor Relations
+1(403)699-4230
For media and general inquiries, please contact:
Pierre Alvarez 
Vice President, Corporate Relations
+1(403)699-5202
801 - 7th Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 3P7
http://www.nexeninc.com

SOURCE Nexen Inc.



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