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Oil and Gas Facts for 2005

 


General Statistics

Total land area of California 101,563,520 acres
Counties with oil and/or gas production 28
First year of commercial production 1876
Oil & Gas as a Percent of Total Energy Used 78%
Graph of crude oil prices in California click here for graph
Graph of natural gas price in California click here for graph
Production information for federal (BLM) leases click here for BLM website

Oil Production
 

Crude oil produced in 2005 255.8 million barrels
Number of wells producing oil in 2005 48,417
Number of active oil fields 209
Number of counties with oil production 15
Cumulative crude oil production 27.6 billion barrels
Estimated proven oil reserves 3.3 billion barrels
Year of greatest oil production 1985
Crude oil produced in record year 423.9 million barrels

Natural Gas Production

Natural gas produced in 2005 322.9 billion cubic feet
Number of gas wells producing in 2005 1,356
Number of active gas fields 93
Cumulative natural gas production 38.4  trillion cubic feet
Estimated proven natural gas reserves 3.4 trillion cubic feet
Year of greatest natural gas production
(total gas)
1968
Natural gas produced in record year 714.9 billion cubic feet

Offshore (State and Federal) Production

Offshore oil production in 2005 41.8 million barrels
  State offshore production 15.3 million barrels
Federal offshore production (OCS) 26.4 million barrels
Offshore as a percentage of total state oil production 16.3%
Offshore natural gas production in 2005 42.8 billion cubic feet
  State offshore production 6.6 billion cubic feet
  Federal offshore production (OCS) 36.2 billion cubic feet
Offshore as a percent of total state natural gas production 16.3%

 

Deepest Wells Drilled in California

Deepest well in the state:
Total depth: 24,426 feet (Point of Rocks)
Year drilled: 1987
County: Kern (Sec. 29, T.30S., R.23E.)
Operator: Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc.
Well name: 934-29R

Onshore


Deepest well (dry hole):
Total depth: 24,426 feet (Point of Rocks)
Year drilled: 1987
County: Kern (Sec. 29, T.30S., R.23E.)
Operator: Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc.
Well name: 934-29R


Deepest oil well (not producing):
Total depth: 18,876 feet
Year completed: 1975
Producing interval: 17,610-18,060 feet (Vedder)
Field: Semitropic
County: Kern (Sec. 3, T.27S., R.22E.)
Operator: Tri-Valley Oil & Gas Co.
Well name: “Tenneco-Union-GBR et al” 66X


Deepest gas well (not producing):
Total depth: 11,402 feet
Year completed: 1966
Producing interval: 11,064-11,144 feet (Forbes)
Field: Clarksburg Gas
County: Yolo (Proj. Sec. 32, T.7N., R.4E.)
Operator: Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Well name: “Sherman Unit” 5

Deepest oil well (producing in 2005):
Total depth: 14,570 feet
Year completed: 1980
Producing interval: 14,426-14,494 feet (Stevens)
Field: Rio Viejo
County: Kern (Sec. 34, T.12N., R.21W.)
Operator: San Joaquin Facilities Mgmt., Inc.
Well name: "Batson" 87X-34

Deepest gas well (producing in 2005):
Total depth: 12,576 feet
Year completed: 1978
Producing interval: 10,800-12,574 feet (Stevens)
Field: Cal Canal Gas
County: Kern (Sec. 31, T.28S., R.22E.)
Operator: San Joaquin Facilities Mgmt., Inc.
Well name: “Chevron” 88-31

State Offshore

Deepest well (dry hole):
Total depth: 17,180 feet (TVD-16,666 feet)
Year drilled: 1966
County: Ventura (Proj. Sec. 22, T.3N., R.24W.)
Operator: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
Well name: “State 3403” 1

Deepest oil well:
Total depth: 14,236 feet (TVD about 13,240 feet)
Year completed: 1956
Producing interval: 12,551-13,927 (Colonia)
Field: West Montalvo, Offshore Area
County: Ventura (Proj. Sec. 35, T.2N., R.23W.)
Operator: Berry Petroleum Co.
Well name: “State” C-5

Deepest gas well:
Total depth: 12,589 feet (TVD-about 12,200 feet)
Year completed: 1985
Producing interval: 11,135-11,365 (at intervals) Matilija
Field: Molino Offshore Gas
County: Santa Barbara (Proj. Sec. 18, T.4N., R.31W.)
Operator: Shell Western E&P, Inc.
Well name: “SSMS 2920” 8

(TVD-Total Vertical Depth)