Community members were welcomed by ConocoPhillips staff and given tours of the brand new facility.
The 60,000 square-foot facility, provides working space for 300 ConcoPhillips employees and contractors.
ConocoPhillips spokesperson Romelia Hinojosa said that the company anticipates their workforce to continue to grow in Karnes County in the coming years.
“It’s difficult to predict how much so,” Hinojosa explained. What I can say is that we will be investing a significant amount of money over the next few years. Our leaders have said that our five-year investment (2013-2017) in the Eagle Ford basin is expected to be about $8 billion.”
ConocoPhillips President of Lower 48 and Latin America Don Hrap told community members gathered for the event that this is just the beginning of a very long relationship, and a very long commitment to the community.
ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Project Manager Kirk Johnson explained the decision the company made to build the new permanent facility in Karnes County.
“As we were outgrowing many of our temporary field offices that were dispersed around the area from Kenedy through Beeville through Karnes City – we had various locations that we were quickly outgrowing,” Johnson said. “It became very apparent to us that is was time to put roots down, so to speak.”
It was important to find a location in the “heart” of the acreage currently in production, Johnson explained.
“Our skilled and proud workforce,” Johnson said. “Many of them, if not a good majority of them, are from here. And so they are either from here, or they have moved here. And therefore they have made that our home. They have made this their home, and therefore we have made this our home. ConocoPhillips is not a company, ConocoPhillips is its people. And so if our folks, our teams, our people live here, then ConocoPhillips lives here. This is ConocoPhillips’ home, now, as well.”
During a tour of the facility, Hrap said that he believes there will be continued economic development in Kenedy and Karnes County due to the oil and gas resources here.
“That first step, with the trailer parks, and temporary facilities... always has to be a step you have to go through,” Hrap said. “Because you can’t build the construction fast enough.”
Hrap said he sees continued development of the Eagle Ford Shale for a long time, mainly due to the depth of the shale and the multiple layers that can be produced from, over time. Prospects are bright for future production of natural gas, as well as oil within the shale, Hrap said.