Pioneer facility opens in Pawnee
by Joe Baker
Jul 09, 2013 | 2419 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joe Baker photo.Pioneer Natural Resources' Pawnee field office celebrated its grand opening on June 5.
Joe Baker photo.Pioneer Natural Resources' Pawnee field office celebrated its grand opening on June 5.
Pioneer Natural Resources hosted a grand opening event Wednesday, June 5, for its new facility, a complex of office buildings and yard space recently built to meet the ever-growing needs of the company.

According to information at the company’s website, Pioneer Natural Resources is a large independent oil and natural gas company focused on helping meet the world’s energy needs.

The facility includes 81,000 square feet of office and other building space in buildings on a 35-acre site located about two miles south of Pawnee. About 200 employees work at the facility.

“Pioneer, through our predecessor company Parker and Parsley, we have been here in South Texas since 1986,” said J.D. Hall, Pioneer Natural Resources vice president of South Texas operations. “We’re not new to the community; we are just new to the significant growth that we have experienced here in recent times.”

Hall said the company is proud of the fact that many of their employees have been living and working in the community for a long time.

“We were also very active players in the Edwards play from 2005 to 2009,” Halls said, “and literally, we drilled dozens of wells through this troublesome shale called the ‘Eagle Ford.’ Drillers hate shales, and now that is how we make our living.”

“We were ready and prepared to deal with the Eagle Ford Shale,” Hall explained.

Pioneer now operates in more than 200,000 acres across South Texas and currently has 10 rigs drilling. The company owns and operates two frack fleets and has constructed 11 treating facilities with capacities of 700 million cubic feet of natural gas and 90,000 barrels of condensate (liquid petroleum product) per day.

“We have constructed over 700 miles of pipeline, and we produce over 100,000 barrels of oil, or the equivalent, per day,” Hall said. “We have connected over 300 wells.”

Hall said his company is most proud of the fact that they have added over 400 jobs to the area since 2010. Jobs, he said, that are good, decent and honorable.

“It means that the things that people come here and do, they find satisfaction with, and then whenever they go home, they are able to provide for their families; they are able to feel a sense of value, and they are able to contribute to their communities,” Hall said. “We are providing good jobs for people, and that’s a good thing.”

Operators in the oil and gas business have responsibilities that go beyond creating jobs, though, Hall emphasized.

“We have an awareness, that even though this is South Texas, it is also your back yard,” Hall said. “With that, we have to be responsible, we have to be understanding of the needs, and we have to be responsive, and I hope that you will find that Pioneer will be exactly that way.”

Pioneer employees said they are glad to be in their new facility which employees described as “state of the art” and a “great place to work.” The facilities include meeting and conference rooms, a fitness center for employees, and a “lube center” for vehicle and equipment maintenance that is as large as a high school gym.

“We are very proud to be members of the community,” Hall said. “We are very proud to be here.”
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