* Some workers receiving severance
* Onshore workers in Houston staying on job
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By Anna Driver and Bruce Nichols
HOUSTON, May 12 Devon Energy (DVN.N) is laying off
some workers in its offshore division as the U.S. oil and gas
company finalizes the sale of that unit, a company spokesman said
"Some of the workers have gone to acquiring companies and
others are being offered severance packages as they leave the
company," Chip Minty, a Devon spokesman, said. "But Devon will
continue to operate its southern division in Houston."
Devon, headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, houses its
offshore division in Houston, but Minty declined to say how many
workers have been offered severance.
He said the company had as many 1,000 workers in Houston in
2008. Devon has about 5,000 employees.
Devon, the second largest U.S. independent oil and gas company
by market value, said in November that it would sell its offshore
and international assets to focus on exploration onshore in North
For example in March BP Plc (BP.L) (BP.N) agreed to pay $7
billion for Devon fields in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and
And Apache Corp (APA.N), the largest U.S. independent, said in
April it would pay $1 billion for Devon's shallow-water oil and
gas assets on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico shelf. [ID:nN12109836]
The bulk of Devon's deals have closed, or are in the final
stages of closing, Minty said.
Devon employees who work in Houston and focus on its onshore
operations in the southern areas of the United States will remain
on the job, Minty said.
(Reporting by Anna Driver and Bruce Nichols in Houston;
Editing by Carol Bishopric, Phil Berlowitz)