Murphy Oil Corporation
Murphy Oil Corporation is a company that focuses on oil and gas production and exploration. The company was incorporated in Louisiana in 1950 and today operates exploration and production activities in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia and Australia.
The headquarters of the corporation is located in El Dorado, Arkansas. The organization has a global presence with another U.S. office in Houston, Texas, their Canadian office in Calgary, Alberta and another in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
North American and Global Operations
Murphy is involved in the production and exploration of oil, natural gas, and gas-rich in liquids from the following fields:
- In the United States, Murphy has an onshore operated field producing oil and natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale region of Southern Texas. They also operate four fields in the Gulf of Mexico, with a non-operating working interest in another three. The offshore fields generate approximately 25 percent of the company’s total production of oil and gas in the U.S.
- The company’s Canadian operations include production and exploration activities in the onshore gas and oil fields of Alberta and British Columbia, as well as offshore Eastern Canada. It produces gas from their operated play at Tupper Montney in B.C., while they have a 70% working interest in operating the Kaybob Duvernay play in Alberta which produces liquids-rich gas and light oil. Their non-operating interest in Placid Montney, Alberta produces liquids rich gas. The organization also has minor working interests in the production of oil from two offshore Newfoundland fields.
- In 2016, they secured a 30% working interest in a joint venture for the exploration of oil and gas in Block 5 of the Salinas field in Mexico.
- The company has had a presence in Malaysia since 1999. At the end of 2016, production from their eight shared Malaysian contracts represented 35% of their total production. All these operations are offshore, located in both shallow and deep water near Sabah or Sarawak.
- Murphy Oil has four production sharing contracts in offshore blocks in the Phu Khanh, Nam Con Son and Cuu Long basins in Vietnam.
- The company’s exploration efforts in Brunei paid off with six successful gas wells drilled in 2012 and 2013. They are evaluating the feasibility of developing these blocks.
- The company holds permits to explore six offshore concessions in the Browse, Ceduna and Vulcan fields in Australia. They serve as operator in four of these.
Accidents and Injuries
There have been several accidents that have involved Murphy Oil Corporation:
- In 2015, a worker suffered injuries to his back, neck, and shoulder. The employee was being transported to a drill rig ship by bucket when it was struck. The worker filed a lawsuit against Murphy and another company involved in the accident.
- In November 2007, a contract worker was crushed between and tank and a truck at a Murphy Oilfield facility in Alberta, Canada.
- In 2002, two pipe fitters employed by a Murphy contractor at one of its refineries were burnt when a flammable liquid spill caught fire. One worker died, and the other suffered severe burns. On investigation, both Murphy and the contractor were found to have been negligent.
- In May 1990, a worker employed by a Murphy refinery was injured when he slipped and fell while reloading a catalyst charge into a reactor unit. He filed a lawsuit against the company, but the court ruled that Murphy was immune from tort liability as the worker was an employee and was only eligible for worker’s compensation.