NORTH JACKSON British Petroleum America has announced it is moving into the company's new Utica Operations Center in the Youngstown Commerce Park after leasing thousands of acres of land in Trumbull County last March.
In a prepared release, BP said Monday that the former FedEx distribution center, with 5,000 square feet of office space and 38,000 square feet of warehouse and storage space, was selected for its large size, access to interstate highways and ability to be expanded, if needed, Joe Uppercue, operations manager for BP in Ohio, said.
BP plans to begin drilling operations in Trumbull County as early as next month.
"We've been working toward this since March of this year when we initially signed the agreement to lease 84,000 acres in Trumbull County for oil and gas production," said Uppercue.
"Now that we have a place we can officially call home, we're ready to move toward the start up of operations. We anticipate drilling test wells starting in late January."
The facility will be used by BP employees and select contractors involved in its drilling and producing operations.
Uppcue said, "Opening this facility and starting operations is indicative not only of BP's commitment to creating jobs that will help boost the Ohio economy, but also of our commitment to helping secure the country's energy future," he said.
Since announcing its agreement to lease acreage in Trumbull County earlier this year, BP has signed about 100,000 acres in leases and is progressing with plans to develop oil and gas production in the Utica and Point Pleasant shale formations.
BP says it is currently operating across the vast U.S. geography that stretches from onshore U.S. Gulf Coast through the Rocky Mountains, while BP's North America Gas business has one of the best portfolios in the industry with a presence in seven of the leading U.S. onshore basins.
In the lower 48 states alone, BP and its co-owners operate fields holding some 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, enough to satisfy U.S. needs for more than two years.
The company said, "With a huge resource base and a deep expertise in unconventional gas, including shale, the NA Gas business provides production value and an ability to transfer technical knowledge to
all parts of the globe."
BP is the second largest oil and gas producer in the U.S. with a workforce of about 23,000 people, making it the country's second largest oil and gas employer.
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