Inside Aera

One of California’s largest oil and gas producers

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Aera Energy is one of California’s largest oil and gas producers, accounting for nearly 25% of the state’s production.

Formed in June 1997 and jointly owned by affiliates of Shell and ExxonMobil, we are operated as a stand-alone company through our own board of managers.

We are industry leaders that specialize in tapping heavy oil and other unconventional light reservoirs. With headquarters in Bakersfield, most of our production is centered in the San Joaquin Valley. We also have oil field operations in Ventura and Monterey counties. In 2021, Aera produced about 90,000 barrels of oil and 23 million cubic feet of natural gas each day and has significant proved oil and gas reserves.

Aera and its owners represent almost 100 years of industry leadership and commitment to California. We are characterized by our continuing dedication to care of people and environment, innovative business practices, application of cutting-edge technology, dynamic company culture, and active community involvement.