Oct. 12–A petroleum company is expanding its operations in the Carlsbad area, bringing jobs and a new office to the region.
Construction on the new office was expected to begin early next year.
Houston-based Occidental Petroleum is looking to fill about 40 positions in Carlsbad and Hobbs, hosting a career fair, Tuesday in Carlsbad at the Pecos River Village Conference Center.
The company already hired about 72 employees in the area and is continuing to seek workers.
Open positions include pumpers and production technicians, electrical technicians and automation specialists, read a news release from Occidental.
The company is also hiring equipment technicians, well performance specialists, water production technicians and a water management lead.
Those interested can apply in person at the career fair which begins at 11 a.m. and wraps up around 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, about 100 interviews were set up ahead of the fair.
“In the Delaware Basin, we want to leave no doubt. We are making a positive impact in the community,” said Oscar Quintero, president and general manager of Occidental’s Permian Resources. “We create energy, so that it translates to better life for everyone around us.”
He said the Permian Basin region is an essential area for Occidental’s continued operations in exploring for, and extracting natural resources.
“Occidental is here to stay. This is our key cornerstone development area,” Quintero said. “We have multiple businesses, and they all converge in our play here. This is an area that is really critical for us. We want to make a positive impact with the community of New Mexico.”
Quintero said the company plans to continue expanding in New Mexico, aiming to hire from local communities while also continuing to support local growth.
“Our future in New Mexico is a bright one. All of our progress could not be accomplished without our best-in-class workforce,” Quintero said. “Our people are key to our success and they are constantly developing innovative strategies to make the company more successful and competitive.”
Occidental’s Permian Basin operations grew about 225 percent since 2016, records show, with 40 percent of top wells in the Delaware Basin in southeast New Mexico.
The company recently opened a logistics and maintenance hub known as Aventine, in February.
That facility has saved more 450,000 miles of truck travel, records show.
“This facility brings frac sand, drilling services and equipment together in one centralized location close to our fields and would not have been possible without the energy of our employees, who came up with the idea to improve the efficiency of our operations,” he said.
“Occidental has plans to invest in both people and resources in the Delaware Basin. We are looking to attract the best people.”
And that means recruiting directly from the local communities that host Occidental’s activities.
“Our goal is to always recruit from the local community and empower our employees to thrive and grow,” Quintero said. “We are here to create a positive impact in Carlsbad.”
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