WOODWARD — The Canadian company Trican Well Services Ltd. is in the process of laying off 82 workers, according to the Oklahoma Commerce Department.
“Lack of work in the general area is the reason why we’ve closed the Woodward base,” Trican spokesman Gary Summach said in a statement.
Trican has moved its equipment to the Permian region in west Texas and has offered jobs to staff in Woodward who want to transfer to west Texas or other regions, he said.
“We will keep the facility open with a skeleton crew and, hopefully once business improves for us, we will reopen the facility to full capacity,” he said.
An earlier version of this story erroneously reported that Houston-based Key Energy Services will lay off half its workforce in Woodward. The Commerce Department received incorrect information about layoffs, said Don Hackler, deputy director for the Commerce Department.
West Gotcher, a spokesman for Key said the company has no plans to conduct layoffs in Woodward.
Oil and gas drilling has slowed somewhat since the beginning of the year in northwest Oklahoma’s Cana Woodford Shale south of Woodward. There were 23 oil and gas rigs in the Cana Woodford on April 25, down from 40 rigs on Jan. 31, according to the latest numbers from oil-field services company Baker Hughes.
Woodward County’s unemployment rate continues to be one of the lowest in the state, in part because of oil and gas activity in the area.
“With a 2.8 percent (unemployment) rate and signing bonuses being offered in Woodward, these folks shouldn’t have a problem finding new employment,” Hackler said.