Elk Hills Field

The Elk Hills Field is California Resources Corporation’s (CRC) world-class onshore asset located 20 miles west of Bakersfield in Kern County. The field, covering 75 square miles, was discovered in 1911 and has produced over 2 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), making it one of the most productive fields in the United States. During 2016, we produced 52,000 BOE per day (37percent of CRC’s total production) on average from our 3,000 wells at Elk Hills. Elk Hills is the largest natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) field in California, generating over half of the state’s natural gas production.

At Elk Hills, CRC operates efficient gas processing facilities with a combined capacity of 590 million cubic feet of gas per day (MMcf/d), including the largest cryogenic gas plant in California. CRC also operates the Elk Hills Power Plant, a 550-megawatt (MW) natural gas, combined-cycle power plant that supplies electricity to the Elk Hills Field and supplies excess power to the California electric grid, as well as a 45 MW cogeneration plant that provides steam and electricity to the field. Our operations at Elk Hills include a state-of-the-art consolidated control facility, remote automation control on over 95 percent of wells and integrated production facilities for economies of scale, all of which result in high operational efficiencies.

Beyond CRC’s essential role in supplying Californians with oil, natural gas, NGLs and electricity, federal and state resource agencies have recognized CRC for our commitment to environmental stewardship at Elk Hills. CRC established an 8,000 acre habitat conservation area and recently received a 50-year state permit that will preserve an additional 17,500 acres in perpetuity, for a total conservation area equivalent to over half the surface area of the Elk Hills field. CRC’s habitat conservation program, which is certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, also includes operating practices to protect unique plant and animal species and cultural resourcs at Elk Hills.