[BENNETT JONES LETTERHEAD]
October 16, 2003
801 - 7th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB T2P 3P7
Ladies and Gentlemen:
RE: REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM F-9
We hereby consent to the reference to us in the registration statement on Form F-9 (the "Registration Statement")
and the related short form base shelf prospectus (the "Prospectus") of Nexen Inc. relating to the preliminary
offering of up to US$1,000,000,000 of debt securities and to the use of our name under the heading "Legal
Matters" in the Prospectus included in the Registration Statement. We also consent to the reference to our
opinions under the headings "Particular Terms of the Senior Debt Securities - Canadian Withholding Taxes" and
"Enforceability of Civil Liabilities" in the Prospectus included in the Registration Statement.
In giving this consent, we do not thereby admit that we come within the category of persons whose consent is
required by the Securities Act of 1933 or the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
BENNETT JONES LLP
"Bennett Jones LLP"