Oct 11 U.S. oil and gas company Devon Energy
Corp said on Thursday it plans to close its 500-person
office in Houston in a move that is expected to save $80 million
Some employees will be relocated to the company's Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma, headquarters, but it is too early in the process
to determine how many transfers will take place, said Chip
Minty, a spokesman for Devon.
"Consolidating our U.S. operations will improve our ability
to quickly shift the focus of our workforce between project
areas as economic conditions dictate," Dave Hager, Devon`s
executive vice president of exploration and production, said in
Devon's workers in Houston oversee the company's operations
in South Texas, East Texas and Louisiana.
The reorganization, which is expected to be complete by the
end of the first quarter next year, will result in a charge of
about $125 million. About $100 million of the charge will be
recognized in the fourth quarter, Devon said.
Devon's presence in Houston has shrunk over the years. In
May 2010, a number of jobs were eliminated following the sale of
the company's offshore operations to BP Plc and Apache
Devon had 5,200 workers at the end of 2011, according to a
filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Shares of Devon climbed $1.40, or 2.3. percent, to $61.88 in
late morning New York Stock Exchange trading.