Hilcorp Alaska says it will almost triple its workforce from nearly 500 employees to around 1,500 and many of those people will come over from BP.

“We are very excited to continue our growth and investment here,” said Jason Rebrook, president of Hilcorp. “For decades the energy industry has been a key driver of the state’s economic growth and has helped create a better quality of life for all Alaskans. Hilcorp is excited to build upon that legacy through innovation and responsible resource development.”

In August of this year, BP announced they were selling their Alaska assets to the energy company Hilcorp for $5.6 billion. BP employs about 1,600 people in Alaska.

Hilcorp says so far they offered positions to more than 800 BP employees — around 80% of the BP employees who have applied for work.

On Thursday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy responded to the announcement, saying in part:

"I am optimistic that any Alaskan looking for employment in our growing oil and gas sector will find the right opportunity with the continued growth and investment on the North Slope. I will continue to monitor and evaluate this transaction and work with both BP and Hilcorp to ensure Alaskans are well advantaged as this deal progresses.”

The release from the Governor's Office said the Department of Labor and Workforce Development is working with BP to help employees who have not been rehired transition, including retraining and helping find other job opportunities. 

Hilcorp's release stated the company is still reviewing applications and expects to post another 150 positions in the next few months.

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