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Anadarko to build man camp in West Texas
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Anadarko to build man camp in West Texas

Anadarko Petroleum will open a new housing facility in West Texas near El Paso, according to the Houston Business Journal.

The 77,190-square-foot man camp, located in Mentone, will be able to support 200 Anadarko employees and contractors, according to Target Logistics.

The facility will include a basketball court, movie theater, game room, laundry facilities and a convenience store. A ribbon-cutting was held Feb. 10.

Constructing a new man camp goes against the trend of vacancies in similar facilities in Bakken and Utica shale plays. According to a Bloomberg report, vacancy rates in Williams County, North Dakota reached 70 percent.

The struggle to house numerous migrant workers during the boom had reversed. Many buildings sat vacant or unfinished.

Anadarko, however, sees opportunity in the Delaware Basin, a formation stretching from West Texas to New Mexico. The  Woodlands-based company holds about 600,000 gross acres with an estimated 1 billion barrels of recoverable oil.

The new facility will provide accommodations for current employees, while giving the company flexibility to expand when oil prices rise.

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