Calgary, Alberta, January 15, 2016 – Nexen Energy ULC (Nexen) is responding to an incident at its Long Lake oil sands facility south of Fort McMurray.
In the afternoon of Friday, January 15, an explosion occurred at Nexen’s Long Lake facility in northern Alberta. Our emergency response plan has been activated and response personnel, including first responders from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, are on site. We are deeply saddened to confirm one fatality and a second person is at hospital. All other personnel are accounted for.
The affected facility has been shut down and we are stabilizing the scene. There is no immediate danger to the neighbouring communities or personnel still on site.
Regulators have been notified.
We will continue to update the media as necessary.
Nexen is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited.
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Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The Company cannot assure that the results or developments anticipated will be realised or, even if substantially realised, that they will have the expected effect on the Company, its business or operations.
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