Noble Energy, Inc. has laid off some of its workers as the company focuses its exploration and geoscience capabilities on increasing its onshore U.S. value and high-grading global offshore exploration inventory, company spokesperson Reba Reid confirmed in an email to Rigzone.
As a result, a total of 60 exploration, geoscience and support positions have been eliminated, with the bulk of layoffs occurring in Houston. Five positions were eliminated in Denver. Reid said the company is committed to supporting the affected employees during their transition.
In a Nov. 1 3Q 2016 earnings statement, Noble said it added two U.S. onshore rigs in the fourth quarter. One rig each was added to each of the Delaware and Eagle Ford areas, which increased the total Texas rig count to four (two in the Delaware and two in the Eagle Ford). Noble CEO David L. Stover said he expects further increased activity in the near future.
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