GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A local branch of a worldwide oil and gas service company will be closing its doors later this year.
Schlumberger offered all of its employees at its Grand Junction office the opportunity to transfer to other locations.
"Right now we're in the process of closing the Grand Junction facility," said Stephen Harris, Schlumberger communications manager for North America. "It services a dry natural gas basin and our customer activity in that area has decreased to a non-sustainable level."
There are about 50 people working at the office right now and the majority of them took up the transfer offers to work in places like Cheyenne and Rock Springs, WY and Williston, ND, Harris said.
"We have to move our employees to other basins, other areas that are active, where our customers are active," he said.
The Grand Junction Schlumberger office did transfer 70 of its employees to North Dakota in 2012 because of decreasing activity here in the Western Slope's Piceance Basin.
It will be three to six months before the branch officially closes.
Schlumberger provides technology and services to oil and gas companies in 80 countries. The Grand Junction office opened in 2003.