More than 2 1/2 years since local officials began talks with Halliburton executives about the oilfield giant’s plans for Brownfield and West Texas, substantial construction is now underway at the site of a brand new 100 acre expansion that will cement this city’s long relationship with the worldwide company for many years to come.
Construction crews were busy this week pouring huge foundations and erecting steel frames for large buildings at the site in Hogue Industrial Park a mile north of the city limits. Dozens of workers operating heavy equipment could be seen scurrying about the site, moving, lifting and welding beams for the new structures.
On Monday morning, a large boom was on site pouring cement for additional footings and foundation work. As the week progressed, the skeleton of the first building began to take shape.
Site plans provided by Halliburton earlier this year show impressive growth at the facility, including numerous office buildings, workshops and garages, a truck wash, ample parking for employees and company trucks, as well as five rail spurs.
A cement plant, acid plant and mud mixing plant are included in the design, as is an eight acre, four-foot deep detention pond. That pond was finished early in the summer, but has yet to be filled.
Just over two miles of fencing, topped with barbed wire, also was installed around the entire perimeter. All this while separately contracted crews have worked to extend city utilities to the site.
As part of the oil company’s incentive package, the city agreed to extend municipal water and sewer services to the 900-acre tract. Utility Contractors of America, a Lubbock firm, was awarded the contract.
Phase One of the project will be complete by Aug. 31, according to official documents, with Phase Two finalized by Dec. 31 of this year. The project includes two eight-inch water mains at a cost of $702,000. The lines cross Lubbock Highway and the railroad track and join at the site on David Bailey Road. A sanitary sewer line runs parallel to the eastern-most water line, also crossing the Lubbock Hwy and railroad at a cost of $523,000.
In return, Halliburton agreed last year to invest at least $40 million in the Brownfield location, including improvements to the tract, machinery and equipment and hire a minimum of 65 additional employees; however it is anticipated that those numbers will be exceeded before the five-year agreement expires.
Article Courtesy of the Brownfield News