Highlights and History


Occidental Petroleum Corporation is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies based on equity market capitalization. Occidental’s success is a direct outcome of the company’s leadership and ongoing commitment to enhance stockholder value.

Employing a disciplined financial strategy and focusing on high-potential oil and gas assets in our core geographic regions, Occidental has consistently achieved top-tier results, including:

  • In 2015, Occidental achieved average worldwide oil and gas production of 652,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day.1

  • Occidental returned $2.3 billion to shareholders in 2015 in the form of dividends. 

  • Occidental has paid quarterly dividends to its stockholders continuously since 1975. In February 2017, the Board of Directors declared a dividend of $.76 per share for an annual rate of $3.04 per share.

Occidental is one of the largest onshore producers of oil and liquids in the 48 contiguous United States. It is the largest operator and oil producer in the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeast New Mexico where we have operated for more than 30 years.

Occidental has been an active investor in the Middle East for more than 40 years. The majority of our regional capital is deployed in our focus areas of Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Occidental also has operations in Latin America, primarily in Colombia. More than 1.37 billion total barrels of oil have been produced at Colombia’s Caño Limón Field since it was discovered by Occidental in 1983.

Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) is a leading North American manufacturer of basic chemicals and vinyls used in products essential to public health and modern life. OxyChem's market position was first or second in the United States for the principal products it manufactures and markets. OxyChem was established in 1987.

Over the years, a number of milestones have propelled Occidental's growth. These include: 

2016:  As part of the company's 2013 strategic review initiatives, Occidental sold its assets in the Piceance Basin and completed its exit from Bahrain, Iraq and Yemen.

2015:  In January, a joint venture between Occidental and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced that production began at the Al Hosn Gas Project in the United Arab Emirates. The 30-year joint venture was formed to develop one of the largest gas fields in the Middle East. In November, as part of previously announced strategic initiatives, Occidental sold its interest in the Williston Basin of North Dakota.

2014: As part of previously announced strategic initiatives, Occidental has completed the separation of its California assets, leading to the creation of California Resources Corporation, an independent publicly traded company; sold its interest in the Hugoton Field assets, sold a portion of its interest in the General Partner of Plains All-American Pipeline, L.P., and sold its interest in the BridgeTex pipeline, which runs from the Permian Basin to the Houston Gulf Coast area, while retaining long-term, cost advantaged shipping commitments. In September, Occidental’s Centurion Pipeline unit expanded its Permian infrastructure with the activation of the Cline Shale pipeline. Ingleside Ethylene LLC, a joint venture between OxyChem and Mexichem broke ground on a 1.2-billion-pound per year capacity ethylene cracker at the OxyChem plant in Ingleside, Texas, along with pipelines and storage at Markham, Texas.

2013: Occidental announced the initial phase of its strategic review to streamline and focus operations in order to better execute the Company's long-term strategy and enhance value for shareholders including: pursuit of the sale of a minority interest in the Middle East region operations; strategic alternatives for select Midcontinent assets; and the sale of a portion of Occidental's 35-percent investment in the General Partner of Plains All-American Pipeline, L.P. Occidental received approval from the Government of Qatar for the fifth phase of field development of the Idd El Shargi North Dome Field. OxyChem formed a 50/50 joint venture, Ingleside Ethylene LLC, to build a 1.2-billion-pound per year capacity ethylene cracker at the OxyChem plant in Ingleside, Texas, along with pipelines and storage at Markham, Texas.

2012: Occidental announced a joint venture with Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., for the BridgeTex Pipeline, a new crude oil pipeline system that will extend from Colorado City, Texas, to the Houston Gulf Coast area. Occidental purchased from the Port of Corpus Christi the site of the former U.S. Naval Station Ingleside in Ingleside, Texas, expanding the company's current operations in the area.

2011: Occidental acquired a 40-percent participating interest in the Al Hosn Project.

2010: Occidental announced the acquisition of assets in South Texas and North Dakota and the sale of its assets in Argentina. ENI, Occidental and Korea Gas signed a contract with Iraq's state-owned South Oil Company and Missan Oil Company as State Partner, to redevelop the Zubair Field near Basra in southern Iraq.

2009: Occidental and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) with the National Oil and Gas Authority of Bahrain (NOGA) started operations for the further development of the Bahrain Field. Occidental acquired the commodities investment company Phibro from Citigroup; OxyChem acquired Dow Chemical Company's calcium chloride operations, the world’s largest.

2008: Occidental signed agreements for various projects in the Middle East region, including an agreement to develop gas fields and to explore for potential new discoveries in the Sultanate of Oman. In the U.S., Occidental purchased interests in the Permian and Piceance basins.

2007: The Dolphin Gas Project, one of the largest energy projects ever undertaken in the Middle East, became fully operational. It delivers natural gas to customers in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Occidental has been a participant in the Dolphin Gas Project since 2002.

2006: Occidental acquired production assets from Vintage Petroleum. OxyChem acquired chemical assets in the U.S. from Vulcan Materials Company.

2004: Occidental signed a new production-sharing contract for the Mukhaizna Field, one of the largest in Oman.

2000:  The purchase of Altura Energy, Ltd., in the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico made Occidental the largest oil producer in Texas.

Early Years: Occidental was founded in California in 1920 and made its first major discovery in the Sacramento Valley in 1961. The company has been publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 1964.

Occidental stock has split twice: a 2-for-1 stock split on July 20, 2006, and a 3-for-1 stock split on January 29, 1968. In February 2015, the Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $.72 per share. For more information, visit the Dividends and Splits page.

1 Excludes Williston Basin (sold in November 2015).