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Photos Of Oil Production Equipment and Tanks

Below are some photos of a typical oil lease tank battery and production equipment including gas separator, heater treater, oil tanks and saltwater tanks. Any of the photos seen here can be purchased in full resolution.

Often the production of oil and gas from multiple wells will be piped to a central tank battery where a variety of equipment such as that seen below treats the natural gas and oil to be sold. This treatment may include removing salt water and other impurities from both oil and gas. Saltwater is sent to a holding tank, such as the fiberglass one below and hauled away to a saltwater injection well. Produced water is usually found with most oil wells. Depending on how much salt water (or occasionally fresh water) is produced this can add extra expenses to producing oil and gas.

oil tank battery separator heater treater

Much of the oilfield equipment such as seen in these photos show signs of rust and corrosion. The hot desert climate of the southwest along with corrosive salt water and hydrogen sufide gas often turn new oil tanks and production equipment rusty after only a few years.

 

This old oilfield tank battery on the Rocker B Ranch near Barnhart Texas features gas dehydrators, a gas separator, heater treater (taller blue vessel), the oil production tank and a saltwater tank at the rear.

Photo of oil production tank and tank battery in west texas

Green fiberglass saltwater tank and oil production tanks on oil lease in West Texas.

oilfield oil tank lid cast iron hawk's nest in old oil tank

First photo above: Oil production tank lid. This is where an oilfield gauger or pumper would run his gauging tape down to the bottom of the well and then reel it up to locate the depth of oil in the tank. Oilfield gaugers often do this daily and calculate how much oil the well produced. This old iron oil tank lid was made by the White Tank Company in Albany Texas.   In the next photo an hawk has made a nest at the top of the stairs of this abandoned oil tank.

The next photo is of two production tanks. Over the years oil has been splattered down the sides of the tanks and become a tar like coating. Spills are contained by a wall of earth, as seen in the foreground. The Texas Railroad Commission regularly inspects tank batteries like this one for violations and will issue steep fines for oil spills.

The saltwater that is produced from an oil well is hauled away by a vacuum truck and disposed of at a saltwater disposal station such as the one below. The trucks are lined up to dispose of oilfield salt water which will be pumped into a deep salt water disposal well.

photo of oilfield saltwater disposal well and tanks A very small saltwater disposal well near Luling.

     

Photo of saltwater disposal facility for produced water from oil wells.   Above right: A much simpler saltwater disposal well, consisting of a fiberglass tank, pump and well.

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