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The future of oil in Taft

Aera Energy’s Brent Ilott speaks about the future of oil and gas at Taft’s State of the City

When speakers discussed the future of oil at Taft’s State of the City recently, Brent Ilott, vice president of operations with responsibility for Aera’s Midway-Sunset field, made one thing clear – the oil and gas industry is here to stay.

Aera’s Brent Ilott speaks at Taft’s State of the City

“It’s clear Aera has been dedicated to Taft and Kern County since day one, and we are here to stay for the long-haul,” said Ilott, who has been working at Aera for 19 years. “And even as our business changes, our commitment to this community won’t.”

Aera’s Midway-Sunset field, which produces about 10,000 barrels of oil per day is located just a few miles from the city of Taft and employs about 90 employees and several hundred contractors, many of whom live in the Taft community. 

The oil and gas industry supports thousands of jobs in Kern County and contributes $10 billion to the local economy representing 21 percent of the county’s total output. 

Aera has been a leader in the energy industry for 25 years and will continue playing a vital role in the future of energy as it develops solar projects to power its operations and explores technology such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) to ensure a constructive-energy future for the region.

“I tell you all of this because Aera is just as committed as I am to being a part of this community and creating something that will be here for years to come for future generations to enjoy. In fact, Aera is celebrating 25 years and we’re positioning ourselves to be here for the next 25 years,” Ilott said.

DID YOU KNOW? Aera Energy is a three-time recipient of the Forbes America’s Midsize Employer List, placing ninth in the 2022 ranking and securing its spot in the top ten midsize companies to work for in the United States.

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