XTO Energy relocates 20 employees to Williston office

WILLISTON – XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has added 20 jobs to its Williston Field Office.

The moves came with the closure of the company’s metro Denver office on Sept. 1, 2017. The closure was part of a larger effort to move employees closer to the field.

Williston’s newest residents are high-level employees involved with XTO’s Bakken operations.

Matthew Deveau, operations manager, was the first Denver-based senior company representative to make the move to Williston. He paved the way for the others by overseeing the office build-out and getting acclimated to living in western North Dakota. He said the transition has gone better than he expected, both at work and home.

“I think the transition is actually exceeding my expectations,” said Deveau. “This is a model that we have seen work elsewhere within XTO, having our operations-focused people closer to the well.”

XTO has four field offices in the Bakken: Williston, Killdeer, Alexander and Sidney, Mont. The company decided to expand the Williston office due to its amenities and central location.

Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko said private and public investments have helped Williston attract business startups and expansions.

“As a community, we appreciate the investment companies like XTO have made in Williston,” said Wenko. Over the past several years, Williston has worked hard to invest millions of dollars in infrastructure and quality of life improvements to meet the needs of the industry. Williston is the place to invest long term.”

XTO is active in eight counties in western North Dakota. The company specializes in drilling for oil and gas in tight shale, coalbed and other unconventional formations. The employees who moved to Williston are highly trained engineers, field support staff and executives that lead the Bakken operations.

The company is housed in an office building that opened in 2014. The site is located next to TrainND and Halliburton in southeast Williston. XTO Energy has over 140 employees working in North Dakota.