Oil & Natural Gas

Tulsa remains well positioned as a global leader in oil and natural gas exploration/production.  Many energy companies call Tulsa home because of the Tulsa's extraordinary oil and gas sector workforce. Tulsa boasts more than 20,000 workers in E&P, working for hundreds of companies – from small “mom and pop” independents to medium and large publicly-traded companies – or as sole proprietors and consultants in energy specialty fields such as engineering, geology or law.

One of the most unique things about Tulsa's energy industry is its remarkable diversification among the various segments of the sector. Tulsa companies range from E&P to utility, pipeline, energy services, energy supply, and energy-related manufacturing companies to alternative energy and companies focused on sustainability and energy efficiency.  Tulsa is home to both traditional and renewable energy and boasts cutting-edge research and development.

This list will rotate periodically. It includes just a few Tulsa area E&P companies.

Samson Resources is a private oil and natural gas company engaged in the discovery, development and production of oil and natural gas properties. Samson has close to 700 employees in their Tulsa office, and owns interests in over 10,000 gross wells and operates over 70% of their net production.

In 2011, Williams spun off its exploration and production subsidiary into WPX Energy, Inc. WPX Energy specializes in producing natural gas, natural gas liquids, and oil from non-conventional resources.  WPX Energy has 550 employees at its Tulsa headquarters and has stated that they plan to grow from being a strong, mid-sized independent to a super-independent within the next 10 years.

Houston based Apache Corp. employs 110 people in its Tulsa office.  Apache Corp got its start by drilling their first wells in Cushing field producing seven barrels of oil per day. Over the past 57 years, Apache Corp has developed into a worldwide oil and gas producer averaging 650,000 barrels of oil equivalent in daily production. 

Tulsa based Laredo Petroleum is an independent energy company focused on the exploration, development, and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties in the Permian and Mid-Continent regions of the US. Laredo recently announced plans to increase their total production from 12.6 million to 13.1 million barrels of oil equivalent in 2013.  Laredo Petroleum maintains over 200 employees at it's 6th Street headquarters.

Cimarex Energy Co is an independent oil and gas exploration and production
company that was formed in 2002 when Tulsa-based Helmerich & Payne Inc. spun off its exploration and production assets and merged that company with Denver-based Key Production Co.  Cimarex Energy focuses principal operations in the Mid-Contentinent and Permian Basin of the US. Cimarex Energy maintains 360 employees in its Tulsa office.

Helmerich & Payne Inc. is a 92-year-old drilling services and rig manufacturer headquartered in Tulsa. HP is primarily engaged in contract drilling of oil and gas wells for exploration and production companies.  HP maintains close to 550 employees in Tulsa and has over 8,700 employees companywide.  CEO Hans Helmerich said in a company statement that HP exploration and production "appear poised for increases as our customers remain focused on innovative technology and productivity improvements that are transforming the energy sector in this country."

Unit Corp. is a Tulsa-based diversified energy company engaged in exploration and production of oil and natural gas, acquisition of producing oil and natural gas properties, contract drilling of onshore oil and natural gas wells, and gathering and processing of natural gas.  Unit Corp has 485 employees in its Tulsa headquarters and employs over 2,600 employees companywide.

Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. is a privately-held oil and gas exploration and production company. George Kaiser oversees the oil and gas exploration and production firm started by his father and uncle. Kaiser-Francis holds interest in thousands of oil and gas properties throughout the US and Canada as well as Wyckoff Gas Storage joint venture. Kaiser-Francis maintains 260 employees at their Tulsa-based headquarters.


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