California's Kern Front field expansion planned

An 85 year old California field that largely owes its commercial survival to waterflooding the steam injection will be the setting for large expansion of a combination of the two enhanced oil recovery methods. The field is Kern Front, off the northwestern edge of Kern River field near Bakersfield in Kern County. Almost 1 of every 2 bbl of oil produced by Kern Front is incremental production, i.e., oil that would not be produced without EOR projects, according to the state Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. Oxy USA Inc. plans to expand a dual waterflood/ steamflood project in 2-28s-27e, at the field's northern end. The project is permitted to inject up to 3,0...

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