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Canada Energy exodus: oil and gas workers look for more opportunity in Texas

19:15  02 december  2019
19:15  02 december  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Laid off oil and gas workers seemed to migrate most to the construction and manufacturing industries. Methodology: Rigzone conducted the worker exodus survey using online survey tool SurveyMonkey. They are looking for or have already found more stable work in other industries.

a view of a city: Some Alberta Oil and Gas workers are trading the Calgary skyline for Houston.© Global News - Dallas Flexhaug / CP Images - Larry MacDougal Some Alberta Oil and Gas workers are trading the Calgary skyline for Houston.

Alberta is known for its energy and the accompanying booms and busts because of it.

But ever since the last bust — when world oil prices collapsed in 2014 and tens of thousands of energy workers lost their jobs — Alberta has struggled to regain its footing.

That has many looking south to survive, and thrive.

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Rigzone's worker exodus survey finds that highly experienced oil and gas professionals are struggling with whether or not to return to the industry in the Yet 83 percent of them are still actively looking for employment in the oil and gas industry. Glory Days Are Gone. Many experienced job-seekers

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It budgeted to do 10 per cent of its business in the U.S. this year, and 90 per cent in Canada. But 2020, it's forecasting 70 per cent of its business to come from the U.S. and 30 per cent in Canada.

Paul Ritchie, the COO of the company, has spent half of his year in Houston: "I can tell you by my hotel rewards points I've spent a lot of nights there."

"I almost feel like a citizen of Houston."

And soon he will be — Ritchie plans to move to Houston next summer and said Texas is welcoming him with open arms.

"I wouldn't have left Canada without the opportunity that sits in front of us right now.

"Canadian companies are so well respected that it's not even a blip in the road when you're dealing with somebody. It's like, 'Oh, you're a Canadian company — it's going to be good, and you're going to be nice to me.'"

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Oil analysts say Ritchie's case is far from unusual. Tim Pickering with Auspice Capital Advisors Ltd. said there's definitely an energy exodus happening.

"We all know the big names that have left. There are hundreds of smaller companies that are very significant employers here in Calgary that, 50, 60, 70 per cent of their revenues are coming out of the United States and they had no choice."

"This isn't something that they wanted to do, but if the business is in the U.S. you are going to go where that business is."

"It's just a lot easier in Texas in a lot of ways," Pickering said. "There's no real edge to being in Alberta and that's painful to say."

READ MORE: Forecast that Alberta, B.C. will lead country in economic growth in 2020 ‘a bit bullish’: experts

Pickering said Canada has had one pipeline project application since 2016, compared to 14 in the U.S.

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There's been a lot of uncertainty around the energy sector in Canada, especially in the last five years. Canadian oil continues to sell at a discount compared to the world oil price.

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Rigzone's worker exodus survey reveals the impact the oil and gas downturn has on the current and future workforce. More than half of respondents (60 percent) have at least 10 years of professional oil and gas experience. Males dominated as they accounted for more than 90 percent of respondents.

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There are more regulations, like Bill C-48 – the northern B.C. coast tanker ban – and Bill C-69, known by the industry as the "no more pipelines bill."

There is also a lack of market access and mounting skepticism over timelines around when projects – like the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion — will be built.

READ MORE: $320M in government subsidies given to Trans Mountain in first half of 2019: report

Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors president Mark Scholz said it's been a tough five years, especially for the drilling sector.

"Since 2017, we have lost 29 high spec drilling rigs to the United States. Pre-2014 we had approximately 900 drilling rigs in Western Canada. At the end of 2020 we are predicting to have less than 500."

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Scholz said he has watched several families in Alberta struggle. So has Paul Ritchie.

"I have close friends that haven't worked in two years. They are Masters of Engineering and they're driving an Uber now," Ritchie said.

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Ritchie said he's up for the adventure of moving to a new country, and to a city that reminds him of the young, vibrant place Calgary used to be 15 years ago.

"Houston has a Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Consulate is there, they have three trade commissioners there. They are very active in pushing Canadian companies to the U.S. market."

Scholz said conversations are happening all over the province in businesses, wondering if it's worth it to keep their head offices in Alberta.

"I really worry about the future of this industry."

"I worry about the future of Alberta; the future of the country," Scholz said.

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