Nexen releases 2012 Sustainability Report

Oil rigs, North Sea oil, Scotland, UK

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Nexen Energy ULC reported today the release of its 2012 Sustainability Report, a review of the company’s health, safety, environmental, social and economic performance for the year. The report outlines Nexen’s performance in 2012 and includes trends for the past three years.

“This report demonstrates the effort Nexen’s employees are making to maximize the benefits and minimize the negative impacts of energy development,” said Kevin Reinhart, Nexen’s CEO. “We are immensely proud of our past successes and have prioritized strategies for areas where we need to improve.”

Highlights from the report include:

  • Set a new record for lost time injury frequency at Nexen’s UK operations — an 18% improvement over 2011.
  • Surpassed safety targets and completed maintenance work without any lost time injuries for three major turnarounds — at Buzzard and Scott in the UK North Sea and Long Lake in the Canadian oil sands.
  • Reduced the number of reportable environmental exceedances to 195, from 445 in 2011.
  • Together with project partners, planted 1.6 million trees and shrubs in Canada’s oil sands region between 2009 and 2012.
  • Created 315 jobs in communities surrounding exploratory projects in Colombia.
  • Invested approximately $13.1 million in communities through grants and donations.
  • Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations.

Priorities for improvement include efforts to eliminate work-related injuries, hydrocarbon spills and environmental exceedances.

Nexen created the 2012 Sustainability Report using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3.1 Guidelines, an internationally recognized standard in sustainability reporting (Application Level B+). Since 2004, Nexen has had select performance indicators assured by an external verifier; 2012 data was assured by Deloitte LLP.

The on-line disclosure, which includes articles, photos, data tables, charts and graphs and videos featuring Nexen employees, partners and stakeholders, provides more comprehensive sustainability information that complements the print report. Both are now available at

Nexen is an upstream oil and gas company responsibly developing energy resources in the UK North Sea, offshore West Africa, the United States and Western Canada. A wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, Nexen has three principal businesses: conventional oil and gas, oil sands and shale gas.

Source: Nexen Inc.


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