featuresan joaquin valley business unit (SJVBU)

For more than a century, Chevron has played a major role in helping meet California’s energy needs. Our San Joaquin Valley Business Unit (SJVBU) is headquartered in Bakersfield and we have operations in Kern, Fresno and Monterey Counties. We are proud to deliver the affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy that improves lives and enables human progress.

production operations in six fields across central california

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more than 100 years

Chevron has produced oil and gas in California for more than 100 years, providing the energy to serve residents, businesses and industries, including agriculture. Local oil production helps to promote energy independence while providing economic benefits for the community, including money spent with local suppliers, philanthropic donations and property tax payments that go towards funding local infrastructure. We also employ nearly 850 full-time employees.


a rich history in california

Chevron's rich history

Chevron has deep roots in Central California that go back more than a century to the first well it drilled in Coalinga Field in Fresno County in 1907. Since those first days, we’ve been leading the way to provide reliable, affordable and ever-cleaner energy.

While our company’s name has changed more than once, we’ve always retained our founders’ spirit, grit, innovation and perseverance.


enabling human progress

enabling human progress

The oil and gas we produce are critical to enabling human progress. From the cars we drive to the tractors that grow our crops, to medical advancements, technological innovations and thousands of consumer products, we develop the energy that improves lives and power California forward.


supporting our communities during the COVID-19 crisis

At Chevron, we believe in the power of humanity to solve any challenge. Together with our community partners, we have implemented a series of social investment and support initiatives to help communities and nonprofits address the COVID-19 public health crisis. To date, we’ve committed more than $500,000 to support our communities across Kern, Fresno, and Monterey Counties. We’re also talking with first responders about additional ways we can support their efforts.

adventist health bakersfield and dignity health mercy and memorial hospitals

We are providing $100,000 grants to each of these healthcare providers to purchase personal protective equipment, including N95 masks, gowns, gloves and goggles, for frontline workers caring for patients at their hospitals in Kern County. Adventist Health, a nonprofit medical center, has created a matching fund to give community members a way to contribute.

central valley community foundation (CVCF)

We made a $100,000 donation, which was distributed evenly between the Community Medical Centers and the Central California Food Bank, to provide resources and support to frontline medical workers, as well food for families struggling to put meals on the table due to economic burdens from the COVID-19 pandemic in Fresno County.

boys and girls clubs of kern county

We provided a grant to support enrichment and educational programs for children in East Bakersfield during school closures. Kids are receiving healthy snacks and meals during the day. During the first two weeks, 25,000 meals were served. The program has been revised to offer emergency full-day care for school age children of first responders, healthcare professionals and essential city and county employees.

lost hills park food pantry

We contributed to Lost Hills Park to help fund basic access to food in rural Kern County. Through this collaboration with The Wonderful Company, we are helping meet the needs of 200 households on a bi-weekly basis.

kern economic development foundation

We provided $100,000 to the Kern Economic Development Foundation to deliver Chevron gas cards to first responders, families and small businesses struggling and incurring extra costs or diminished revenues as residents continue to stay at home.

fresno city college

In Fresno, we funded the purchase of approximately 70 mobile devices, such as laptops, iPads and MiFi internet devices, for Fresno City College STEM students. This allows students to access their online education during these trying times.

food bank for monterey county

We committed $100,000 to address the immediate and longer-term needs of vulnerable residents in Monterey County including elderly, homeless, students, and low-income families as they face economic hardships and food insecurity.

protecting the environment

Chevron uses ingenuity to solve today’s complex energy challenges, inspire for tomorrow, and power progress in Central California. As part of our commitment, we operate in a sustainable manner that reduces our environmental footprint.

operations and environment

investing in the community

We are committed to investing in communities across Central California by giving time and resources to support local organizations that make our community a better place to live and work. We make strategic social investments that focus on education, health, economic development and civic engagement.

community and social investments

Updated: September 2020