Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today that Baker Hughes, one of the world's largest oilfield service companies, plans to build a new $40 million center in Harrison County.
The new facility will be built on a 52-acre site Baker Hughes recently purchased outside Bridgeport, northeast of the intersection of I-79 and State Highway 131. The project will consolidate two existing facilities into one significantly larger center. The consolidation will preserve more than 200 existing West Virginia jobs and is expected to create an estimated 275 new jobs in the coming years as the center becomes fully operational. The new positions are expected to range from engineers and scientists to gas field workers.
"Baker Hughes, one of the world leaders in oilfield technology, has chosen to build its new center in our state," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "The company will be hiring professional and skilled positions and is expected to double the size of its West Virginia staff. West Virginia is honored by the confidence in our state's business climate and in the quality and productivity of our workforce that this investment signifies."
Construction on the new center is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2012 and reach completion within one year.
"Our $40 million investment in the heart of the Marcellus reflects our confidence in the long-term viability of West Virginia's shale resources and Baker Hughes' long-standing commitment to a key region where we live and work," said Baker Hughes' President of U.S. Land Paul Butero. "Our new center in Bridgeport will bring additional construction jobs and allow us to hire more local scientists, engineers and mechanics to staff our new labs, workshops and maintenance bays. We share in the enthusiasm about the cultivation of West Virginia's budding energy opportunities."
The new facility will include:
* A 38,600-square-foot, two-story office building. The office complex will contain more than 90 offices and workstations, 50 engineering stations and a 5,000 square foot testing laboratory.
* An 83,710-square-foot workshop with eight vehicle maintenance bays, vehicle maintenance storage, fishing workshop, customer completion workshop and warehouse functions.
* Five auxiliary buildings that will include warehouse space and a three-bay truck wash/fueling station.
The auxiliary buildings will support a fleet of up to 250 drilling operations vehicles. The drilling vehicles will service customer oil and gas wells throughout West Virginia.
Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company's 53,000-plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. For more information on Baker Hughes' century-long history, visit www.bakerhughes.com.