About Hunt Energy

Our Purpose

Impacting humanity for the better, with Energy

Who We Are

We are Hunt Energy, a platform for energy innovation. 

We were founded in 1934, beginning as a modest, family-owned and -operated regional exploration company in East Texas.  Today, we are one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with a large, international presence, capable of operating in multiple energy activities anywhere in the world.  

While our roots will always be in exploration and production, we also focus on multiple energy technologies that we believe will play important roles as the world transitions to a greater use of sustainable and renewable energy, while still relying on traditional energy sources for the foreseeable future.

That is why we remain active and engaged across the energy spectrum, including international exploration and production, refining, power infrastructure, and energy technologies, in the manufacture of solar cells and the deployment of energy storage and batteries in our electric grid. 

Core Values

An essential part of who we are, how we made great ideas happen and our adaptability and capacity to reinvent ourselves and being innovative through the years in the Energy industry are supported in our culture and Core values. We put them first in everything we do.



Treating all people with dignity and embracing diversity of thought


Not thinking less of yourself, but thinking more of others


Solutions that benefit the greater good


We are better together


Using intellectual curiosity to innovate an design

Message from the CEO

“The history of humanity has been profoundly influenced by the history of energy. We are proud of the role we have played since 1934 in meeting the needs of the communities and the markets in which we participate, and we aspire to have an even greater impact in the future as the world’s energy and environmental needs continue to evolve and change.”

– Hunter Hunt

A History of Excellence

  • 1930
  • 1934
  • 1944
  • 1946
  • 1958
  • 1960
  • 1965
  • 1975
  • 1976
  • 1984
  • 1999
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2010
  • 2014
  • East Texas Discovery: Deal of A Lifetime

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    In November 1930, H.L. Hunt acquired the Daisy Bradford No. 3 from J.M. “Dad” Joiner near Kilgore, Texas. H.L. Hunt bought the lease out “lock, stock and barrel,” financing the deal with a first-of-its-kind agreement to make payments from future “down-the-hole” production. The Bradford No. 3 turned out to be the discovery well of the great East Texas oil field, which, at the time, was the greatest oil field in the world.
  • Hunt Oil Company Founded

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    Hunt Oil Company was incorporated in Delaware on December 18, 1934. The first office was located in Tyler, Texas. The company moved to Dallas in 1937.
  • First Oil in Alabama

    In 1944, Hunt Oil Company developed the first commercial oil well in Alabama. The A.R. Jackson No. 1 well was discovered in the Gilbertown field in Choctaw County, Alabama, near the Mississippi border.
  • Oldest Continually Operated Refinery in the State of Alabama

    Founded in 1946 to process oil from the Gilbertown field, the Tuscaloosa-based Hunt Refining Company is the oldest continually operated refinery in the state of Alabama. In 2010, the refinery completed a $900-million expansion project. The expansion increased the refinery's capacity to handle 72,000 barrels of crude oil per day and doubled the amount of gasoline and diesel fuel it is able to produce to 55,000 barrels per day.
  • Eugene Island Block 77

    In 1958, Hunt Oil Company purchased six leases in the Gulf of Mexico comprising the Eugene Island Block 77 field. This was Hunt Oil's first major step into offshore exploration.
  • A New Find in East Texas

    Hunt played a major role in the development of the Fairway field, a major oil field discovered in East Texas. More than 100 major and independent companies drilled in the field.
  • Hunt Selected as Fairway Operator

    In 1965, Hunt led the effort to unitize the Fairway field, and the company was later chosen as the operator of the James Lime reservoir, which required pressure maintenance to optimize recovery.
  • Ray L. Hunt Elected President of Hunt Oil Company

    After H.L. Hunt's death at the age of 85 on November 29, 1974, Ray L. Hunt, at age 32, became Hunt Oil Company's new president in 1975.
  • First International Success

    Hunt Oil Company achieved its first international success with the discovery of the Beatrice field in the British North Sea. Called by industry media “the discovery of the year in the North Sea,” the project was important, not because of its size (approximately 500 million barrels of oil in place) but, rather, because the rank wildcat discovered oil in an area of the North Sea that the industry believed was nonproductive. This discovery paved the way to greater international finds in the next decade.
  • Once in a Lifetime: Discovering a New Basin

    In the ancient nation of the Republic of Yemen, the company once again defied conventional wisdom to explore for oil where others chose not to look. In 1984, with what was called the “rankest wildcat” the company ever drilled, the Alif No. 1 well discovered the prolific Alif field and a new basin for industry exploration.
  • Unique Creation

    When Sharyland Utilities was authorized by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas in 1999, it became the first greenfield electric utility in the United States since Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District in the late 1960s. It originally served only the area around the 6,000-acre planned community of Sharyland Plantation.
  • PERU LNG Project Launched

    In December 2006, the PERU LNG project was officially launched. The project began in 2000, when Peru’s government awarded Hunt Oil Company and its partners the contract to develop the upstream portion of one of South America’s largest natural gas resources, the Camisea field.
  • Hunt Corporate Headquarters

    Located in downtown Dallas, Hunt Headquarters was the first large privately owned, single-tenant building constructed in the Dallas Central Business District since the 1990s. The building stands as the company’s first fully dedicated corporate headquarters.
  • First LNG Plant in South America

    On June 10, 2010, PERU LNG and Peruvian government officials inaugurated the first gas liquefaction plant in South America. The two LNG storage tanks at Melchorita measure 80 meters in diameter and 52 meters in height, with the capacity to each hold 130,000 cubic meters of LNG.
  • Hunt Global Partnerships

    Hunt Global Partnerships was awarded the World Petroleum Council’s Excellence Award in Social Responsibility at the 21st World Petroleum Congress.