Energy Industry Guide
Some fuel for thought:
From oil and gas to chemical development and production, the 10-county
Houston region is the center of all things energy. The region offers a
solid energy and chemical foundation and a workforce skilled in meeting
the sector’s needs. The region’s large concentration of oil
expertise and experience is a magnet attracting more oil expertise and
experience to the area.
The Greater Houston Partnership has a unique place among business organizations.
It combines opportunities for economic development, international business
and public policy development. As the Houston region’s primary business
advocate, the Partnership helps keep businesses connected and works in
- Forty-eight percent of the region’s economic base employment
is related to energy.
- Houston is headquarters for 17 energy-related Fortune 500 companies.
- Houston is home to the cutting-edge Offshore Technology Conference
- Houston houses more than 3,600 energy-related establishments.
- Houston is home to 13 of the nation’s 20 largest natural gas
- Houston has nearly 600 exploration and production firms.
- Houston has more than 170 pipeline operators.
- Hundreds of manufacturers of energy-sector products call Houston home.
In recent years, industry giants such as CITGO and Noble and smaller
energy-related companies including Johnson Engineering and Hydralift,
Inc. have relocated to Houston. Another 192 energy businesses have found
Houston fertile ground for growth. In every case, expansions and relocations
equal jobs for the Houston region.
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CITGO Case Study
Houston attracted one of the largest corporate moves in the nation in
2004. CITGO, a Venezuelan company, relocated from Tulsa to Houston. With
the move, CITGO brought 700 direct jobs with plans to hire 300 workers
locally for an annual economic impact of $475 million.
By June 2005 the company had moved its employees in to a 250,000-square-foot
Class A office space on Eldridge Parkway in the Energy Corridor.
"CITGO's headquarters relocation enhanced Houston's recognition as Energy
Capital of the World," said Kent Fuller, vice president of the Greater
Houston Partnership's economic development division. "They are among a
long list of energy companies choosing to relocate, consolidate or expand
major offices in our community in recent years, including ConocoPhillips,
ExxonMobil, Devon, Kerr-McGee and Burlington Resources."
The Partnership worked extensively in attracting CITGO to Houston and
assisting with its relocation. The Partnership coordinated site visits
for the CITGO team, worked with building owners and their representatives
to provide building proposals and provided economic, demographic and workforce
In addition, the Partnership teamed with local officials on presentations
to CITGO officials in Tulsa and worked with state officials to secure
a Texas Enterprise Fund grant and waiver of out-of-state tuition for relocating
The Partnership also joined a host of local service companies, residential
developers and educational institutions in a vendor's fair in Tulsa to
showcase the community, cultural and quality of life benefits of the Houston
area for employees relocating. Finally, the Partnership teamed with officials
and economic development allies in Corpus Christi to secure the headquarters
move to Houston and a major CITGO refinery expansion in Corpus Christi.
Who's Who in Energy in Houston
Build a solid energy and chemical base, add a skilled workforce and they
will come. Here’s who’s who among energy companies in the
- Amerada Hess Corporation
- Anadarko Corporation
- Baker Hughes Incorporated
- BHP Billiton
- Chevron Texaco
- Cooper Cameron Corporation
- CITGO Petroleum Corporation
- Kerr McGee Oil & Gas Corporation
- Shell Oil Company
- Smith International, Inc.
- Schlumberger Oilfield Services
- Varco International
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Energy Events in Houston
Energy events bring together top talent, innovation and information.
- Energy events in Houston include: the Offshore Technology Conference
(OTC) and the Energy Venture Forum. Held annually in Houston, OTC is
the energy industry’s premier conference and exhibition focused
on deepwater offshore technology. The 51,320 participants from 110 nations
in 2005 represented OTC’s highest attendance since 1985. The exhibition
included 2,087 exhibiting companies, totaling more than 410,000 net
square feet, filling all available indoor and outdoor space.
- The Energy Venture Forum at Houston’s Rice University introduces
the most promising early-stage energy-related technology companies to
leading venture capitalists. Participants hear about cutting-edge research
and learn about emerging technology developments in traditional and
alternative energy. Approximately 450 attendees participated in 2004.
Energy Resources in Houston
Where to go and what to do if you’re thinking of starting, moving
or expanding your business in Houston.