BP’s lower 48 business to establish headquarters in Colorado

December 14, 2016

New Denver office will give greater access to key producing basins in Rockies and create strategic platform for growth

BP’s U.S. Lower 48 onshore business announced today it will establish its headquarters in Denver to be closer to its substantial asset position in the Rocky Mountain region and an important energy hub of the future.

The move highlights Lower 48’s continued momentum despite the current challenging energy price environment. It also marks a return to Denver, where BP legacy companies once had a significant presence.

“In some ways, this is a homecoming for us,” said David Lawler, CEO of BP Lower 48. “With two thirds of our operated oil and natural gas production and proved reserves in the Rockies, world-class universities nearby and a wealth of industry expertise in the region, Denver is a logical – and strategic – place for us to be and a natural fit for our business.”

BP has signed a lease for 86,000 square feet of office space in the Riverview building at 1700 Platte St. in the Lower Highlands district near downtown Denver. The company anticipates the office will open with at least 200 employees, including the CEO and executive leadership team, with more staff to be added later.

“We look forward to becoming a bigger part of the Denver community and state of Colorado, and are grateful to Mayor Hancock and Gov. Hickenlooper for their support in this endeavor,” Lawler said.

A number of employees from the company’s current head office in Houston will relocate to Denver, with others remaining in Houston to manage the company’s substantial operating assets in Texas.

“Houston will remain a large and important center for our business, and we have no plans to change that,” he said. “The same is true for Oklahoma City, which will remain a key hub for managing our assets in the Mid-Continent region. However, we believe this is another important step on our path to become a premier onshore operator and set it up for long-term success.”

Since early 2015, when BP began operating its U.S. Lower 48 business as a separate entity, the business has achieved significant financial and operational improvements, largely through the use of innovative drilling and completions techniques. It has also increased production and added acreage through acquisitions -- all while maintaining an unwavering commitment to safety and to the environment.

The new BP Lower 48 headquarters in Denver is expected to open in the first quarter of 2018.

Note to Editors:

  • BP’s U.S. Lower 48 onshore operations span five states — Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming — and seven oil and gas basins, covering an area roughly the size of New Jersey.
  • With a material resource base of approximately 7.5 billion barrels across 6 million net acres, the business has average daily net production of approximately 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent. 
  • The business produces natural gas — along with oil, condensate and gas liquids — from both conventional and unconventional rock formations. 
  • BP’s Lower 48 unit is the largest operator in the Colorado side of the San Juan Basin, where the company’s business interests in 1,300 wells span more net acres than a city twice the size of Denver. 
  • About 30 percent of the unit’s production comes from the San Juan Basin, which contains one of the best coalbed methane reservoirs in the world. The company’s operations in the basin are based out of Durango, Colorado, and Farmington, New Mexico.

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