The Beverly Hills West facility was engineered and constructed in the early 1980s in a way that minimizes impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods. The Beverly Hills West field includes the below ground oil and natural gas field, associated distribution pipelines and the property where the production facility is located. The field was acquired by Venoco in 1995 and continues to produce oil and natural gas from oil-bearing formations miles below the surface.
Venoco has a strong reputation as reliable and safe operator. The company has been the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Field and Lease Facility Maintenance.The California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) issues the awards to recognize oil and natural gas companies for operations that enhance safety and environmental protection beyond regulatory requirements.Venoco has been the recipient of this prestigious award at several properties, including Beverly Hills on multiple occasions. DOGGR is a division of the California Department of Conservation and oversees the drilling, operation, maintenance, and plugging and abandonment of oil, natural gas, and geothermal wells.
Venoco’s local operations are conducted on slightly more than a half acre of land on Olympic Boulevard bordering the cities of Beverly Hills and Century City. Experienced operators are on-site at all times to oversee operations, check monitors, take samples and submit reports to regulators who ensure ongoing safety compliance. The entire production process is monitored through a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which gives operators real time and historical information about pressures, flows, levels and other process and safety variables.
The oil and natural gas produced from the Beverly Hills West facility are reached with 15 producing wells and 3 water injection wells. The wells were drilled at the surface of the facility and extend below ground between 7,000 and 8,500 feet – more than a mile below the surface. The wellsheads are located within a large, below-grade cellar and are powered by electric-powered rod pumps used to lift the oil to the surface where the liquids are separated from the natural gas. The oil is transported through a pipeline to a nearby refinery and is eventually used for fuel and other petroleum products. The natural gas is sold to the Southern California Gas Company and is used in homes and businesses in the Beverly Hills and greater Los Angeles communities.
The property is equipped with fire and gas detection systems, fence line monitors and an onsite fire suppression system. Operators are well trained in all required regulatory safety and environmental procedures. Secondary system monitors and routine inspections of equipment by public safety personnel are additional layers of safety support.