Midway Sunset Field
Aera’s oilfield operations in the Midway Sunset field in southwestern Kern County are centered in the company’s North Midway Sunset and South Midway Sunset units. Aera is the largest operator in the Midway Sunset field, which in turn is the largest producing onshore oilfield in the lower 48 states.
The North Midway Sunset unit is located along Highway 33 north of the town of Fellows. Oil production here averages 7,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Aera’s South Midway Sunset unit is located between Taft and Maricopa, and produces an average of nearly 12,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Crude oil is sold on the premises and is transported to refineries in California for processing into gasoline and other fuels.