Located in Kern County, Calif. approximately 45 miles west/northwest of Bakersfield, the Belridge Producing Complex covers an area roughly 22 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. The Belridge Producing Complex includes exploration and production (E&P) operations in the North and South Belridge, Lost Hills, Cymric, and McKittrick oil fields.
Oil and gas production includes heavy oil production from the Tulare formation and light oil production from the diatomite formation. More than 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day are produced at Belridge. Crude oil is sold on the premises and is transported to refineries in California for processing into gasoline and other fuels.
In 2002 the Belridge Producing Complex won the prestigious North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award for its maintenance and reliability program and results. Aera is the first exploration and production company to win the award previously given only to manufacturing organizations. In the manufacturing industry, the NAME Award has been compared to the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.
Many employees assigned to Belridge live in the greater Bakersfield area and are active in the community as individuals or through the company's Team Aera and Partnership A.E.R.A. programs. In addition, every year during the November and December holidays Belridge employees coordinate an annual "adopt a family" outreach which serves nearly 400 needy individuals.
Aera and its predecessor companies have operated in the North and South Belridge fields since 1916. In 2011 Aera celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Belridge Discovery Well. Aera is currently the largest producer in the area. The South Belridge field is the sixth most productive field in the United States. The Lost Hills Field is the ninth largest producing field in California
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