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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)