Nexen delivered strong first quarter results, meeting production targets and achieving record earnings. We generated cash flow from operations of over one billion dollars for the second quarter in a row and our cash flow exceeded our capital investment by $253 million.
Cash flow from operations totalled $1,039 million after $392 million in current income taxes. The majority of the income taxes were in the UK where Buzzard generated excellent returns from strong volumes and high cash margins. Current taxes in the fourth quarter of 2007 were significantly lower at $87 million as income from Buzzard was sheltered by tax pools which are now substantially utilized.
"I am pleased with our first quarter results as we accomplished what we set out to do," stated Charlie Fischer, Nexen's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We not only met our production and financial targets but completed construction at Long Lake and kept the project on schedule and within our current cost estimate."
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