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 nearly 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 2018, we produced 52,000 BOE per day (39 percent of CRC’s total production) on average from our more than 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.

Elk Hills Power, LLC, a joint venture of CRC and a portfolio company of Ares Management, L.P., operates efficient gas processing facilities with a combined capacity of 520 million cubic feet of gas per day (MMcf/d), including the largest cryogenic gas plant in California. Elk Hills Power also operates a 550-megawatt (MW) natural gas, combined-cycle power plant that supplies electricity to the Elk Hills Field and supplies excess power to a local utility and California's electric grid. CRC operates a 45 MW cogeneration plant to provide steam and electricity to the field as needed. The 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 received a 50-year state permit in 2016 that will preserve at full field development 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 resources at Elk Hills.