Murphy Oil Corporation is a petroleum and natural gas exploration company headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas. The company also has operating offices in Houston, Texas, Calgary, Alberta, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
As of December 31, 2016, the company had 684 million barrels of oil equivalent (4.18×109 GJ) of estimated proved reserves, of which 48% was petroleum, 48% was natural gas, and 5% was natural gas liquids.
The company's developed reserves are in the United States, Canada, and Malaysia. The company also has undeveloped reserves in Australia, Brunei, Vietnam, Namibia, Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea, and Spain.
In the United States, the company's reserves are primarily in the Eagle Ford Shale area of South Texas and in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
The company's Canadian operations are mostly heavy oil projects in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.
Of the company's 2016 production of 175.6 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (1,074,000 GJ) per day, 59% was petroleum, 5% was natural gas liquids, and 36% was natural gas.
The company was originally incorporated in Louisiana in 1950.
In 2004, the company sold oil fields in Western Canada for US$633 million.
In 2013, the company distributed 100% of the shares in its retail marketing gasoline station chain, Murphy USA, to its shareholders via a corporate spin-off.
In 2016, the company sold its 5% stake in Syncrude Canada Ltd., a joint venture located about 25 miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The company received received net cash proceeds of C$937 million (US$739.1 million).
In January 2007, Murphy announced that it would set aside $50 million to ensure that every student graduating from the El Dorado, Arkansas school system would be able to afford college. The scholarship, which requires that students spend a certain number of years in the El Dorado school system and maintain a 2.0 grade point average while in college, pays tuition and all mandatory fees for students, up to the highest annual rate charged by an Arkansas public university. Scholarship amounts are paid based on length of attendance in the El Dorado Public School District. For example, graduates who attend all 13 years at El Dorado Public Schools will receive 100% of the scholarship.