Noble Energy

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Noble Energy, Inc.
Public company
Traded as NYSENBL
S&P 500 Component
Industry Petroleum industry
Founded 1932 (1932)
Headquarters Houston, Texas, United States
Key people
David L. Stover (CEO)
Kenneth M. Fisher, CFO & Executive Vice President[1]
Products petroleum, natural gas, and natural gas liquids
Production output
418 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (2,560,000 GJ) per day[1]
Revenue Increase US$3.491 billion (2016)[1]
Increase -US$1.296 billion (2016)[1]
Increase -US$0.998 billion (2016)[1]
Total assets Decrease US$21.011 billion (2016)[1]
Total equity Decrease US$9.600 billion (2016)[1]
Number of employees
2,274 (2016)[1]

Noble Energy, Inc., formerly Noble Affiliates, Inc., is an American petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company is ranked #703 on the Fortune 1000.[2]

Current operations[edit]

The company's headquarters are at 1001 Noble Energy Way, Houston, Texas (at the intersection of Texas State Highway 249 and Louetta Road) adjacent to the Lone Star College-University Park.

As of December 31, 2016, the company had 1,437 million barrels of oil equivalent (8.79×109 GJ) of proved reserves, of which 68% was in the United States, 23% was in Israel, and 9% was in Equatorial Guinea.[1]

Of the company's total proved reserves as of December 31, 2016, 62% was natural gas, 15% was natural gas liquids, and 23% was petroleum.[1]

United States[edit]

In the United States, the company's primary holdings are in the Wattenberg Gas Field / Denver Basin in Colorado, the Delaware Basin, the Marcellus Shale, and to a lesser extent, in the Eagle Ford shale.[1]


As of December 31, 2016, the company owned approximately 118,000 net developed acres and 10,000 net undeveloped acres in Equatorial Guinea, 168,000 net undeveloped acres in Cameroon, and 403,000 net undeveloped acres in Gabon.[1]

Middle East[edit]

As of December 31, 2016, the company owned approximately 78,000 net developed acres and 116,000 net undeveloped acres between 10 and 90 miles offshore Israel in water depths ranging from 700 feet to 6,500 feet. In Cyprus, the company owned a license covering approximately 33,000 net undeveloped acres adjacent to the Israel acreage.[1]

South America[edit]

In South America, the company operates in the Falkland Islands, where it holds 210,000 net acres. However, the company does not have any proved reserves there. The company also owns 419,000 net acres in Suriname.[1]


In 1932, Lloyd Noble founded the Samedan Oil Corporation, predecessor company to Noble Energy, Inc. The company was named after his children Sam, Ed, and Ann.[3] In 1968, Samedan acquired its first offshore block in the Gulf of Mexico.[3] By the 1970s, Noble Affiliates Inc. was set up as a holding company to own Samedan Oil Corporation and a drilling company, Noble Drilling Corporation.[3] In 1972, Noble Affiliates became a public company via an initial public offering, listing on the NASDAQ.[3][4][5]

In 1980, Noble Affiliates was first listed on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol NBL.[3] In 1985, Noble Affiliates spun off its subsidiary, Noble Drilling Corporation.[3] In 1986, the company acquired Energy Development Corporation.[3]

In June 2000, the company announced that it will move its headquarters from Ardmore, Oklahoma to Houston, Texas.[6] In October 2000, Charles Davidson became president and CEO of the company.[7]

By April 2002 Noble Affiliates, Inc. had diversified into methanol and electricity production, and changed its name to Noble Energy, Inc.[8] In 2005, the company acquired Patina Oil & Gas, giving the company acreage in the Rocky Mountains.[9] In 2006, the company announced a significant discovery in the Raton prospect of the Gulf of Mexico.[10] That same year, the company sold assets in the Gulf of Mexico for $625 million.[11]

In January 2010, the company acquired assets in the DJ Basin of the Rocky Mountains from PetroCanada and Suncor Energy for $494 million.[12] In May 2010, the company's Deep Blue exploration well on Green Canyon 723 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico reached a depth of 32,684 feet.[13] In December 2010, the company announced a significant natural gas discovery at Leviathan, offshore Israel.[14] In February 2011, the company received the first deepwater drilling permit in the Gulf of Mexico issued by the Department of the Interior after the moratorium following the BP Deepwater Horizon incident.[15]

In 2012, the company moved its headquarters to a building formerly occupied by Hewlett Packard in northwest Houston, Texas and signed a lease for 497,000 square feet of office space. The building was owned by Trammell Crow and Principal Real Estate.[16] In October 2014, the company announced plans to establish a center to train technicians in the energy industry at Ruppin Academic Center in Israel with a donation of NIS 12 million.[17][18]

In 2015, the company announced that the drilling of a well in the Cheetah exploration prospect offshore Cameroon yielded a dry hole. The company recorded a $33 million charge for this unsuccessful venture.[1][19] In 2015, the company acquired Rosetta Resources in a stock transaction. The acquisition gave the company acreage in the Eagle Ford shale.[20]

In January 2017, Noble Energy agreed to purchase Clayton Williams Energy Inc for $2.7 billion.[21]


Falkland Islands[edit]

In 2015, the government of Argentina accused the company of operating illegally in the Falkland Islands. The government of Argentina does not recognize British control of the Falkland Islands.[22]

Environmental record[edit]

In 2015, the company settled a claim by the Environmental Protection Agency that its battery tanks were emitting noxious gases. The settlement included the payment of a $4.95 million civil penalty divided as follows: $3.475 million to the United States; and $1.475 million to Colorado.[23]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Noble Energy, Inc. 2016 Form 10-K Annual Report
  2. ^ Fortune 1000: Noble Energy
  3. ^ a b c d e f g The Noble Story
  4. ^ "Equity Financing". New York Times. October 18, 1972. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "New Issues Climb As Two Offerings Dominate Market". New York Times. October 21, 1972. (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Noble bringing HQ to Houston". Houston Business Journal. June 18, 2000. 
  7. ^ "Noble Affiliates Names Charles Davidson as President and Chief Executive Officer". PRNewswire. September 22, 2000. 
  8. ^ "Noble Affiliates Shareholders Approve Company Name Change to Noble Energy" (Press release). PRNewswire. April 23, 2002. 
  9. ^ "Noble Energy Closes Patina Acquisition" (Press release). PRNewswire. May 16, 2005. 
  10. ^ "Noble Energy Announces Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Discovery" (Press release). PRNewswire. June 15, 2006. 
  12. ^ "Noble Energy Expands DJ Basin Position with Asset Acquisition" (Press release). PRNewswire. January 5, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Noble Energy Announces Status of Deep Blue Exploration Well". PRNewswire. May 11, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Noble Energy Announces Significant Discovery at Leviathan Offshore Israel" (Press release). PRNewswire. December 29, 2010. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Noble Energy to move HQ to former HP building". Houston Business Journal. January 20, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Noble Energy donates NIS 12m to Ruppin College". Globes. February 24, 2014. 
  18. ^ Sharon Udasin (February 24, 2014). "Noble Energy to establish NIS 12 million energy training center at Ruppin College". The Jerusalem Post. 
  19. ^ "Noble Energy Announces Cheetah Exploration Results Offshore Cameroon" (Press release). PRNewswire. September 25, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Noble Energy Closes Acquisition of Rosetta Resources" (Press release). PRNewswire. July 20, 2015. 
  21. ^ CHRISTOPHER M. MATTHEWS and LYNN COOK (January 16, 2017). "Noble Energy to Buy Clayton Williams". Wall Street Journal. 
  22. ^ "Argentina accuses Noble Energy of illegally operating in Falkland Islands". Fuel Fix. October 9, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Noble Energy, Inc. Settlement". Environmental Protection Agency. April 22, 2015. 

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