Murphy Oil to move headquarters out of Arkansas

Just like Halliburton left Duncan, Kerr McGee departed Oklahoma City and Phillips 66 moved its headquarters, the city of El Dorado, Arkansas is having the same feelings about its longtime Murphy Oil Corp.

Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday said it’s closing its El Dorado, Arkansas, headquarters and moving to Houston.

The independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company cited the steep drop in crude oil prices in its decision to close the El Dorado office, which has about 80 employees, and another office in Canada that employs 110 people. The company said it’s consolidating all worldwide staff activities to its existing office in Houston according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

The decision came after the company said it made other cuts, including halving capital expenditures, lowering the company’s dividend and reducing executive salaries.

“We simply do not have a choice and came to this decision only after exhausting all other cost saving measures,” board chairman Claiborne P. Deming said in a statement. The company said it expected to complete the closures early in the third quarter of this year.

The company said it intended to keep funding the El Dorado Promise, a scholarship program it set up in 2007 that pays the tuition of every college-bound graduate of El Dorado’s public schools.

Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette