Aera Energy LLC operates 200 Wells within 7 leases in Huntington Beach and the Bolsa Chica Wet Lands. The Onshore reservoirs were discovered in 1920 and extended Offshore in the early 30's with most of the development taking place between 1920 and 1946. The Huntington Beach field is one of the most prolific oil producing regions for its geographic size in the world. The property has had many owners over the years with Shell Oil Company, now Aera Energy LLC, purchasing it from Philips Petroleum in 1986. The operational focus in recent years has been EHS Performance and Equipment Reliability. The Huntington Beach field is very unique and challenging with diverse operations including an offshore platform, a Federal Wetlands and a narrow strip of land and a satellite operation surrounded by the beach, Pacific Coast Highway and new housing development. Additional challenges include handling the increasing water volumes and declining production associated with a mature waterflood.
William A. Morris is Manager of Operations for Aera Energy LLC in the L.A. Basin. He has been with Shell Oil/Aera Energy for 31 years and his work experience includes a variety of positions ranging from engineering assignments to Project Lead for the SAP business system design and implementation. He has had leadership assignments in all aspects of the oil industry and has worked in all three of Area's Assets, i.e. Belridge, Coastal and San Joaquin. He began his career in 1976 at the Belridge field and entered the Shell Oil Company Management Training Program in 1980. He transferred to Huntington Beach in April of 2000 as the Manger of Operations for the L.A. Basin, at the time, consisting of the Huntington Beach field, Platform Emmy, 3 Beta Platforms, Brea and Yorba Linda Production Units.
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