New digs: Halliburton officially opens expanded Fort Lupton facility

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By Gene Sears

Unveiling their new facility and a small fleet of ‘green’ natural gas vehicles associated with it, Halliburton’s Western Hemisphere president Jim Brown reaffirmed the company’s commitment to the city and operations in the Julesberg Basin.

    “We obviously are very excited about the future expansion of the Niobrara out here, and to do our part in the responsible development of what is a world-class resource,” Brown said.
    Halliburton, who has been in Colorado since 1974, offered tours of the nearly 200,000 square foot facility to local government officials, customers and clients, before cutting the official ribbon. Covering some 75 acres of land at the southeast corner of Denver Avenue and Weld County Road 8, the new center employs over 800 full time personnel. Engineers, truck drivers, operators, mechanics and administration all base out of the site, which supports six of Halliburton’s current 12 business lines.
    Fort Lupton Mayor Tommy Holton took the opportunity to praise the collaborative efforts between the city and Halliburton officials, which resulted in improvements to the campus.
    “This whole process started when Halliburton got with the Villano brothers and ended up buying this property. Then came the best public private process in the state, as far as I’m concerned. Between Halliburton working with the city and us making it possible to put in two and a half miles of water sewer (lines) down to this location.”
    “In Fort Lupton we have a motto; Fort Lupton is an open canvas,” Holton continued. “Come paint your future with us. Halliburton has been painting there future with us for the last forty years, and we are glad to have them as part of this community.”
    Accompanying the official opening was the kickoff of a pilot program for Halliburton’s Compressed Natural Gas, or CNG pickup fleet. Numbering 100, the vehicles operate on either gasoline or CNG, with the latter reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent and operating costs by close to two-thirds, dependent on fuel prices. The Fort Lupton campus received 19 of the vehicles, factory-outfitted to run the clean fuel. Above the cost of the vehicles, Halliburton paid an additional $9,800 for the fuel conversion. The expected time to return on investment is 2-3 years, based on current fuel prices.
The new CNG truck fleet will be assigned to 15 U.S. locations across seven states including; Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, California, Louisiana, Utah and Pennsylvania.  

Contact Staff Writer Gene Sears at gsears@metrowestnewspapers.com.