BHP Growing Operations and Donations in Reeves County

BHP Growing Operations and Donations in Reeves County

BHP Billiton, an Angelo-Australian oil and gas company with operations in the Permian Basin, is expanding in Reeves County and donating money to help the community.
BHP Billiton, an Angelo-Australian oil and gas company with operations in the Permian Basin, is expanding in Reeves County and donating money to help the community.

Their operations in the area began in 2012 with the acquisition 450,000 acres from Petrohawk. Now the company is taking advantage of the area with horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations.

“We've been in the process of exploring and delineating our acreage and now we have identified an area inside Reeves County that we like really well,” said Robert Manelis, the general manager of the Permian production unit for BHP Billiton.

The company currently has about 120 employees for Permian Basin operations. About half of the employers are in Houston, the rest in Reeves and Ector County.

“We're currently operating five rigs right now,” Manelis said.

“We're going to go to a sixth next month and then ultimately we see us building a 100,000 barrel of oil equivalent per day business in Reeves County.”

But the company is also looking to the future.

“At the peak of our development we'll hit 14 rigs and we'll be there at 14 rigs until we've drilled out almost 700 wells,” Manelis said.

The employees have outgrown the Pecos office and now the company is looking for land to build a new office. If the City Council approves the purchase, the new office is expected in about a year.

And to give back, the company has developed a partnership with a community reference groups to determine the needs in the area. BHP Billiton representatives and local meet one a month to discuss areas in which the company can help the county.

“We identified that hunger is a key issue for the community in Pecos and Reeves County,” Manelis said.

Identifying those issues encouraged BHP Billiton to make a combined donation of $650,000. Of that money, $500,000 will go towards building the community kitchen in the Food Bank's new Odessa facility. The other $150,000 will be given over the next three years to the Food2Kids Program.

“We're going to be able to go into more low income housing to offer warm meals to kids who normally wouldn’t get to eat,” said Libby Campbell, the Executive Director of West Texas Food Bank.

The donation is part of the $13.3 billion capital campaign that will help pay for the food bank’s new facilities.

“Just like they're here and they're doing great things providing jobs and economic stimulus,” Campbell said. “They are also taking care of the community where they are.”

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