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ConocoPhillips closing lab, ending shuttle service

ConocoPhillips is closing its Bartlesville Labs and ending its Corporate Air Shuttle service out of the city this year, with an undisclosed amount of related layoffs. 

A company spokesperson said he could not give reasoning for the decisions or the number of jobs being eliminated, saying ConocoPhillips does not “anticipate a significant impact to our overall workforce in Bartlesville” from the layoffs.

The changes come amid plans for the company to relocate 20 to 25 new employees to Bartlesville throughout the year, connected to its January acquisition of Concho Resources.

ConocoPhillips’ Bartlesville Labs, located in the Phillips 66-owned Research Center, will close by the fourth quarter of 2021, with the company’s lease for the space ending in the second quarter of 2022.

A spokesperson declined to discuss what was handled at the lab. In 2017, the company sold subsurface research systems used in the Bartlesville lab to Premier Oilfield Laboratories.

The shuttle service, used by employees to fly to Houston; Midland, Texas; Carlsbad, New Mexico; and Dickinson, North Dakota, will end March 1, with the the corporate shuttle being sold and management of the Bartlesville Municipal Airport returned to the city on Sept. 1.


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