Oklahoma saw the most significant sign yet of a slowing oil and natural gas industry when Halliburton Energy Services, a major operator in the Anadarko Basin, closed its El Reno field camp and permanently cut about 800 jobs.
Located about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City, the El Reno field camp was the home of Halliburton’s Remote Operations Command Center, which was a dispatch command center and the operational base for several hydraulic fracturing crews. The facility was also used to monitor its well completion operations across various shale plays within a Mid-Continent region that included all of Oklahoma and parts of Texas, Kansas and Colorado.
Halliburton also owns and operates a large rail facility in El Reno it uses to offload sand used by its crews to hydraulically fracture horizontal wells across the Anadarko Basin.
Economists said Halliburton’s announcement helps further outline the impact declining numbers of operating rigs are having on the state’s economic environment.
(Source: The Oklahoman/Tulsa World – Image: Halliburton field camp in El Reno, Oklahoma)