Target Logistics recently announced plans to build a new 200-bed mancamp somewhere in West Texas for “one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies,” at a time when occupancy rates at such facilities suffer from the oil and gas downturn.
Woodlands-based Target Logistics did not disclose the company that commissioned the lodging facility or the location where it would be built.
“At this time, the client company doesn’t want its name or the location disclosed,” said Randy Pruett, a manager with a public relations firm representing Target Logistics, in an email. “It is a VERY, VERY, VERY remote area between Odessa and El Paso . . .”
But a statement issued by the company on Monday confirmed the facility will be in the Permian Basin, with first occupancy planned in early 2016. Pruett said construction workers have already begun clearing ground.
In a June article, the Odessa American detailed how the downturn in oil and gas activity caused occupancy rates at local mancamps to fall. But in some cases, facilities such as Remote Logistics International saw an uptick in occupancy as oil workers were relocated to the Permian Basin.
During the oil boom, mancamps offered a solution for oil companies that sought housing for workers amid scare vacancies and rising rents.
Typically, the lodges are operated by companies that specialize in running them. Often companies pay to house workers at the sites, which offer a sense of security by feeding the employees and monitoring their behavior in ways such as banning alcohol or overnight guests.
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