Belridge Producing Complex
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. Nearly 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day are produced at Belridge.
More than 1,600 people work at the Belridge Producing Complex, including approximately 350 employees and 1,250 contractors. Belridge field operations are centered in the Belridge Oasis headquarters building.
The infrastructure of the Belridge Producing Complex is a very large, concentrated, interdependent system consisting of thousands of wells; hundreds of miles of roads, pipelines, and power lines; ten oil and water treating plants; 100 steam generators; two cogeneration plants; and one gas processing plant. Additionally, Belridge has completed construction of a state-of-the-art water softening plant designed to treat 300,000 barrels of water per day. The cogeneration capacity of the complex provides enough electricity to power all of the field’s operations as well as providing steam to supplement steam injection requirements.
Crude oil is sold on the premises and is transported to refineries in California for processing into gasoline and other fuels.
Aera and its predecessors have operated in the North and South Belridge fields since 1916, and is the largest producer in those fields. The South Belridge field is the third most productive field in the United States. The Lost Hills Field is the sixth largest producing field in California.