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Anadarko Petroleum to Open West Texas Man Camp

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15-eagle-ford-shale-750xx475-633-0-0The Woodlands-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is set to open a new workforce housing facility, akin to what has been dubbed a man camp, in West Texas near El Paso.

The 77,180-square-foot facility, located in Mentone, Texas, is capable of housing 200 Anadarko employees and contractors, according to a statement from Anadarko’s general contractor and property manager Target Logistics, which has its operational headquarters in The Woodlands.

The timing counters the trend of man camps in the Bakken and Utica shale plays turning into ghost towns as cash strapped oil and gas companies wind down their drilling activities.

In September, vacancy rates in Williams County, North Dakota — in the heart of the Bakken — reached 70 percent, according to a Bloomberg report.

To maintain production in the Eagle Ford, producers made use of hotels in the region, although Houston-based Halliburton did cancel its extended-stay contract with InstaLodge Hotel & Suites in Cotulla in the first half of 2015.

But Anadarko sees prospects in the Delaware Basin in West Texas.

“We have about 600,000 gross acres in the most prospective area of the Delaware Basin, estimated recoverable resources of more than 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent,” said Stephanie Moreland, spokesperson for Anadarko. “The new facility provides quality accommodations for our current number of employees and contractors, and we have the flexibility to expand in an improved commodity-price environment to support potential growth in future years.”

The Delaware Basin — a formation that stretches between West Texas and New Mexico — represents a “significant source of future growth” for Anadarko, Moreland said.

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