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Chemical Treatment And Pumps In Oil & Gas Production

Crude oil, the fluid that’s pumped right out of the ground, is full of stuff that’s not oil, gas, or another hydrocarbon. Separation is the process of removing as much of that other stuff as is possible, as well as separating the various elements of oil. Treating oil is a key part of the separation process.

The process of treating oil can actually start even before it’s pumped out of the well, and will continue until the oil is sold. Chemical treatment is the most common way of treating oil, and most crude oil will have chemicals added to it at some point to help water and sediment separate out. Chemical treatments can also be used to prevent corrosion of pipes and tanks, and for a few other uses as well. For some specific problems, there are also some special ways of treating oil beyond the standard chemical additives.

Chemical Treatment


Treating Oil With Chemicals

There are a variety of chemicals out there that can do a few different things. Different companies may refer to the same chemicals by different names, and obviously there may be different brands that do essentially the same thing. In addition to that, chemicals are used to accomplish a few different things when it comes to treating oil, and so it’s often more helpful to talk about those goals rather than specific chemical or brand names.


Removing Water

Water and oil naturally want to separate due to their differing densities, and simple gravity and time will do a lot to remove water from oil. Chemicals can help that process along, both speeding it up and improving its effectiveness. Most chemicals used for this purpose are called detergents or surfactants. Detergents bind with impurities and separate them from oil. Like soap, surfactants lower the surface tension in fluids. Surfactants used in oil and gas production are usually both water and oil soluble, so the same chemical will affect both fluids.

To understand how lowering surface tension aids in separating the liquids, it might be helpful to imagine the oil and water as a big pile of oil and water bubbles (sort of like a ball pit at your local fast food joint). It’s hard for the bubbles to move around and push past each other, and smaller bubbles of oil and water will be more difficult to separate. Reducing the surface tension through the use of a surfactant allows the bubbles to collect and become larger. The larger bubbles are heavier, allowing the oil to float up and the water to fall down.


Paraffin Thinners

Wells that produce heavier weights of oil may also produce other, heavier hydrocarbons like paraffin or occasionally asphalt. These thicker products from the well can cling to the inside of pipe or tubing. It can also sometimes form a barrier between the water and oil in a tank, which can end up sending oil down the drain. Some chemicals will thin paraffin so that it flows more easily and doesn’t collect in pipes and tanks.

Casinghead gasoline actually has a similar penetrating ability as paraffin thinners, and so can be used as an alternative. This is the drip that condenses out of gas lines. It’s much less expensive to use than chemicals, and so can save you some money. It’s important to be aware that casinghead gas can be volatile, and so should be handled carefully.


Cleaning Tank Bottoms

Keeping the bottom of tanks clean can be a chore, but it’s a chore that needs to be done on a regular basis. Sediment and other elements that are separated from the oil can collect on the bottom of the tank and form an emulsion. This emulsion will be thick and reluctant to flow out through the drain. Buyers will often require that tank bottoms meet certain standards, and a clean bottom makes treating oil easier.

Chemicals called bottom breakers will thin the emulsion on the bottom, allowing it to flow more easily. These are the most expensive of the standard chemicals used to treat oil, with a 5 gallon bottle costing over $100. When using bottom breakers, you may need to blend it to address the particular problem you’re facing.

You can reduce the amount of bottom breaking chemicals you use by keeping up with a few regular practices. Tank batteries will often have a couple of stock tanks. One is for storing oil ready to be sold, and the second is to hold overflow, hold oil waiting to be treated, circulating bottoms, and a variety of other uses. When the sales tank is emptied, there will be almost a foot of oil left on the bottom of the tank. This should be circulated back through the separation system and into the second tank. If your tank battery only has one stock tank, you can pump the oil from the bottom of the tank to the top, which will have a similar circulating effect.

When you’re circulating tanks, you may want to add chemicals to the oil being circulated. A simple, cheap, and effective way to do this is to punch a small hole in a container, like a empty plastic gallon jug. Add the chemicals and hang it over the thief hatch, and the chemical will slowly drip into the moving oil. The chemical will drop into the oil over 15 minutes.

Another option for keeping bottoms clean is to use butane to roll the tank. A hose is connected to the butane tank, weighted, and then lowered to the bottom of the tank. Chemical is gradually dripped into the oil as the butane bubbles to the surface and mixes it in. Dry ice can also be used instead of butane. In some cases, to adequately clean a tank bottom you may need to call in a vacuum truck. These have diaphragm operated pumps which can handle whatever may be in the tank.


Chemical Pumps

The longer the chemicals are mixed with the oil, the more good they can do. For this reason, you’ll often want to introduce chemicals into your system as early as possible. Adding chemical to the formation is sometimes possible if you’re treating for scale and sand, but it’s generally too expensive to be worth it. It’s much more common to add chemicals through the casing, at the perforations where the pump draws oil in. Alternatively, chemicals can also be added at the wellhead, or at the tank battery before the separator.

Chemical Treatment

Figure 1. An example setup for injecting chemicals into the bottom of the well.

You can see a system for injecting chemical downhole in the picture above. On one side of the pumping tee is the casing valve that’s used to send gas from the well into the flow line. Chemical and oil is added through a small bypass line to the pumping tee’s bleeder opening. Using the chemical/oil mixture adds some weight to the chemical, so it reaches the bottom of the well faster.

This setup requires a check valve near the pumping tee so that chemical isn’t sent down the flow line instead of down into the well. It’s helpful if this line has valves at both ends so that it can be closed off if you need to do maintenance or repairs. Another line run to bypass the circulating line, shut by a valve, will allow you to also send chemical into the flow line from the same injection system.

Chemical Treatment

Figure 2. This mechanical pump is used for adding chemical to oil. The pump is powered by a sash cord run from the walking arm.

In Figure 2, you can see an example of a pump designed to send chemical to the bottom of the well. It’s a mechanical pump, rather than an electrical one, powered by the sash cord at the center left of the picture. That’s attached to the walking arm of the pump that’s lifting fluid from the bottom of the well. With two containers, one can inject paraffin thinner to keep downhole components free of any buildup, while the other injects other chemicals into the flowline or downhole.

The wellhead in Figure 2 also has a way to inject chemical at the wellhead, rather than downhole. To keep the pressure in the flow line from getting too high, the wellhead has a pressure switch which can shut in the well. If you don’t want to inject chemicals downhole, the next best option may be to add them at the wellhead. The flow of the fluid from the well to the tank battery is enough to do a good job of mixing the chemical into emulsion. However, it’s usually more expensive than it’s worth to have a chemical injection system at each well that flows to a single tank battery. If you have to shut in the well with the chemical injection system, no chemical is getting added to the oil produced at the other wells.

Chemical Treatment

Figure 3. A system for adding chemicals at the tank battery.

When chemicals are added at the tank battery, they’re generally added after the header where all the flow lines come together. It should be added before the oil reaches the first vessel, usually a separator, in the tank battery.

Chemical Treatment

Figure 4. An example of a chemical pump intended to be moved from location to location. (courtesy of Arrow Specialty Co.)

It’s important that you have the correct equipment or decent equipment when you’re adding chemical. Every piece of equipment has a purpose, and you should make sure you’re getting the right thing to do the job. Most pumpers will work solo, so one person should be able to use and transport all equipment. This is true in particular for circulating pumps, which can be large but are often moved.


Treating Oil To Solve Problems

When people talk about treating oil, they are usually referring to chemical treatment. However, there’s a number of other methods for treating oil that are used to solve particular problems.

Chemical Treatment

Figure 5. An example of a hot oiler.

Hot oilers are used when enough paraffin has built up, combined with a large amount of water, that the separation process doesn’t work the way it normally would. It’s more common when the weather’s cold, and the oil tends to be thicker.

A hot oiler will pump oil from the stock tank into the truck’s holding tank. The oil is then heated and pumped back into the tank that’s clogged with paraffin. A tube is run from the truck, and through the thief hatch to the bottom of the tank. The heated oil will raise the temperature in the tank enough that the paraffin will thin and begin to flow. The process can take a few hours, but at the end water has fallen to the bottom of the tank and is then drained. The oil can be allowed to cool and then sold.

Chemical Treatment

Figure 6. An example of a slop tank.

Slop tanks have become popular in areas where lined pits aren’t used. Operations that have regular problems with too much build up on the bottom will pump some of the bottom emulsion into the slop tank. That will bring the bottom down to the level required by the buyer, so the oil can be sold. The bottoms in the slop tank is sent back through the tank battery so that it all ends up back in the stock tank.

Is your appetite for oil & gas operating knowledge insatiable like ours? 😀 If so, check out these related articles: Testing And Treating Oil & Gas Production, Basic Methods of Treating In Oil & Gas Production and, Preparing and Selling Oil & Gas Production  – they’ll be sure to pump you up!!!

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  • Your production data in On Time: Because your pumper can enter production on ANY device (Android, Apple, tablet, PC, Mac, Desktop or Laptop) AND the app works offline, you’ve eliminated ANY excuse for you NOT to have your data. PS for better or worse, NOBODY leaves their home without their phone 😉
  • Your production data is Quality Controlled: Because the app checks your pumpers’ work, all your production data should now be QC’d.

Week 6

6% Lift in your Net Profit Margins Achieved or You Don’t Pay 💯💰📈

  • Your production data is in a Centralized Place: Because you have a simple system and everyone in the field knows how to work it, no one on the team ever has to wonder what’s really going on in the field.
  • The pulse and overall health of your company’s production is now known at all times
  • The status of any asset or pumper can be reviewed from any device
    • Because of this, you have now progressed to the point where you may want to set up Alerts around your production. To get you started (and get your creative juices flowing), we’ll implement two alerts on your behalf:
      • Comments
        • Get notified anytime a pumper leaves a comment without having to dig for it.
      • 7/14/30 Day Running Average
        • Get treatment to a well as soon as it shows signs of falling off.
    • However, the number and type of Alerts you can set up around your production are endless. A few common examples we see as having the biggest impact to your operations are:
  • Reduced Downtime
        • A well never sits idle for longer than it has to due to a pumper not calling it in.
  • Account for Every Drop of Oil
        • Each transfer of crude is meticulously tracked and every drop accounted for. No more skimming vacuum truck operators or purchasers pulling that extra inch of ‘velvet’ from your oil hauls.
  • Cap Ceiling Pressures on Injection and SWD wells
      • Injection wells are rated for certain pressures and blow outs are expensive. Get notified anytime an injector creeps above its maximum allowable pressure.
    • How many days since a Pumper last checked in? 👀
      • Do we trust our pumpers? Yes! Do we also want to verify they’re doing what they’re supposed to do? Oh yes!! Anytime a pumper goes AWOL for more than X days (doesn’t show up on site, doesn’t submit data) you know about it.

The bad news is you still have to work. The good news is you now have the power to put full oversight of both your pumpers and your production on automatic enabling you to focus on the activities in your company that will move the needle such as acquiring more wells, drilling and re-completions, or simply taking more time off 🏝️



Accurate & Timely Production Data

Weekly, monthly, or missed reports simply don’t cut it. Why? Because longer reporting intervals increase the risk of inaccuracies and discrepancies in your production data, which not only erodes trust in the reported figures but also makes it challenging to analyze trends or forecast future production 📉 With Greasebook, eliminate any excuse NOT to have your production data.

Reduced Downtime through Alerts

Gain timely detection of equipment malfunctions or other operational issues and prevent costly breakdowns. With Greasebook, alert your in-house team to issues in the field wherever they're at.

Centralized Repository

Get full production history, well files, commentary and the like in the hands of the people who need it (when they need it) and enable everyone in the field or office to do their best work.

Reduced Overhead

The height of cultivation runs to simplicity. Greasebook is kinda like a "Robotic Production Tech" 🤖, streamlining your operations and automating back-office tasks all while eliminating any excess operational drag ❌ ⚙️

Increased Production

Catch a hole in the tubing or an engine issue immediately when a well begins to slip (not several weeks later when your purchaser statements come in 💸)Greasebook is the next best thing to 'sitting shotgun' with each pumper on every route. And because you'll have complete visibility of your assets and your field crew, you'll not only avoid significant expenses associated with repairs and oversights but you'll also produce more oil because of it.

Full Accountability

Get everyone in the field on the same page and gain full transparency of your assets and pumpers in the field. Eliminate any chance of boiler housed reports and ‘Kitchen Table Pumping’ for good 🍳

→ “No-sweat” complete Company setup, turn-keyed by a Pet. Eng.
→ “Done for you” Pumper roll-out and training


From one-off wells to lengthy routes, no matter what form your pumping takes, GreaseBook keeps your pumpers focused on moving those production updates from field to office.


Easily gather everything that matters. Track tank levels, capture notes, administer well tests, submit photos of scanned run tickets. All from the field. All on your mobile device. All over the cellular network.


Connect with the people who help you get it all done. Communicate, collaborate, and share in real-time with your guys and gals in the field without ever leaving the GreaseBook.


Access fast, accurate gauge sheets. No need to re-key production or manipulate Excel. Just one click and your production is organized into a beautiful screen-friendly layout.



Your Greasebook Set-Up explained in 3 simple steps. Send us your existing production info or login to your existing Legacy Production System and we’ll assign a Petroleum Engineer to turnkey your entire setup for you.

We’ll build your wells, your tank straps, your users and anything else you require.

Once everything has been approved by your team, we’ll roll out and train your pumpers while you focus on more important stuff.

Send us your Well and Pumper info 📑

Your team can sit back while our team of Petroleum Engineers turnkey your build out, setting up all production facilities to precisely mirror what you’ve got going on in the field.

We roll out and train your Pumpers 📲

We train, instruct and hand hold your pumpers every step of the way. What's the typical time for a pumper to learn the app? About 8 minutes.

Immediate Results 🎯

Because the app works offline and NOBODY leaves their home without their phone, you’ve eliminated any excuse for you NOT to have your data. What about those pumpers who doesn't have a smartphone?

With Greasebook, in addition to smartphones your pumpers can also enter their data on whichever PC, Mac, Desktop, Laptop or Tablet they're most comfortable with 💻✅

→ Achieve results in less than 1 week
→ Doesn’t work? Don’t like it? WE PAY YOU.
→ 60-day,  200% money-back guarantee

Share Responsibility

Production data syncs across all pumpers who share the responsibility of a particular lease. That means no more calling, no more meeting up to trade-off books, and no more miscommunication.

Mobile Sync

Automatic sync means your production status is available the minute your pumper returns to coverage.

Offline Access

Pumpers retain access to historical production by making their work available even when a connection isn’t.

200% Money-Back Guarantee

If after running the app for 60 days in your operation you're not satisfied, we'll either work with you until it's right or we'll DOUBLE your money back.

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bbls pumped to date
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Simple 8-minute Ramp Up

Average time to learn? 8 minutes (and yes, this goes for those pumpers who are 75 years old still tending wells…)

Custom Reports

Select one of our premade reports or build your own.

Alarm Alerts

Whether it’s a full tank or well is offline, we’ll text or email anyone you want if there’s an issue.

Production Graphs

See the big picture with beautiful production displays which render perfectly on any device.

Field Data Collection

Enter run tickets, BS&W draws, water hauls, track dual product tanks, conduct well tests all via the Greasebook. Now, your real-time monitoring shows right alongside those manual pumper gauges.


Real-time production is worthless if you don’t have the contextual information to complement it. Tag or search pumper comments by lease, well, or injector/SWD – letting the whole team know precisely what’s going on in the field.

Well Testing and Allocation Engine

Robust well testing and allocation engines to satisfy even the most complex gathering system.

Downtime Tracker

Which wells are down? How long they been down for? Why are they down? Now, you’ll know at a moment’s glance.

State & Government Auto-Report Filer

Yes, you read that right. We’ll produce your State and Government production reports enabling your back office to catch their breath.

Scheduled Reports

Want a report with your coffee every morning at 5AM? Got a WI partner who won’t quit calling to ‘get the numbers’? Set’em up on an automated report and watch the daily minutiae disappear.

Well History Files

A single place for your downhole and surface equipment PDFs, Word Docs, and the like – accessible in both the field and office.

Pumper GPS Tracker

Wanna know how many times your pumper is showing up each month? When was the last time someone set foot on a particular lease? No more “he said, she said” – with GPS tracker, now you’ll know the full story.

Custom Variables

Track any variable at any lease no matter how obscure.

Custom Logic

Components of a production system don’t operate in a vacuum. We make complex math simple so you can focus on analysis NOT spreadsheet jockeying.

Partner/Investor Permissions

Maintain transparency by giving special partners and investors access to their production (and ONLY their production!)

Read-Only Permissions

Giving certain users the ability to ‘look but don’t touch’.

Privacy and security. Keep what’s private pri****.

Bring the most advanced security to your operations. The GreaseBook comes with built-in protections against malware and viruses, and given our open API it gives you the freedom to choose what you share and how you share it. So no matter what you’re doing (or where you’re doing it), GreaseBook helps your private information stay that way.


→ “No-sweat” complete Company setup, turn-keyed by a Pet. Eng.

→ “Done for you” Pumper roll-out and training

(just a few of) the products we integrate with


“If you’re unsatisfied for any reason during your 60 day trial, we'll either work with you until it's right or we'll DOUBLE your money back. How can we do this? We're just that good. But don't take it from me. Check out what our clients are saying below......"
Greg Archbald
Perpetual Student of the Oilfield
Founder of GreaseBook

→ Achieve results in less than 1 week
→ Doesn’t work? Don’t like it? WE PAY YOU.
→ 60-day,  200% money-back guarantee



Ask us anything


Not really. Simply share with us your Excel reports, paper gauge sheets, or the login to your existing legacy production software and we’ll take care of the rest. Our petroleum engineers turn-key your entire setup, we’ll reach out once we’re done. Bada bing.

You’re right. And, because no one leaves their house without their phone (and because our app works offline), we eliminate any excuse for your pumpers NOT to send you their data. See, we told you this would be easy.

In addition to both Android and Apple smartphones, the Greasebook also works on any tablet, laptop, or desktop.

While Greasebook has been implemented in many of the country’s largest publicly traded production companies operating thousands of wells, Greasebook is focused on serving the small and mid-sized independent US-based oil & gas operators.

Anywhere, anytime, on any device (phone, tablet, desktop or laptop).

The beauty of the app is once your pumpers start submitting their production via the Greasebook – anyone on your team can access production reports, graphs and well files from any device at any time.

It’s sorta like a centralized place from which everyone on your team can work, without all the calls, text messages and emails that would go on otherwise.

Absolutely. As your pumpers continue to add tickets, comments, pressures, well tests and any other relevant information, your investors will have guest access to as much (or as little) information as you’d like.

Of course, they’ll only see production info for the wells in which they participate.

Oil & gas companies who run Legacy oil and gas software systems expose themselves to major risks (and minor annoyances…)

The complexity of traditional oil & gas production systems is twofold:

  1. Software Problem: Legacy software systems are expensive, outdated, clunky and have extremely complex interfaces. In fact, because of all the support and manual interventions required, continuing to use outdated software can often be more costly than simply upgrading.
  2. People Problem: Legacy software systems take an enormous amount of time to familiarize oneself with. And, anytime an employee quits, retires, or is let go the amount of training required for new employees can be significantly higher than for newer, more user-friendly software.


This is a lose/lose. What’s more, given all the set-up fees, training fees, support fees and the like the projected ‘savings’ never materialize and now your forced to contend with fluctuating hydrocarbon prices AND a bloated monthly OPEX.

Talk about getting stuck in the muck!

With Greasebook, office users are 99% proficient with the platform in about 20 minutes.

Within 2 seconds – FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE – you’ll have your answer to any question regarding production, allocations, performance, well history files, commentary, run ticket reconciliation, Custom Reports, State reports, and more – all sliced and diced and customized at the Company, Operator, Battery, Well, State, County, Section, Township, Range, Acquisition, or even Supervisor level…

We’ve been at this for awhile. Greasebook was established in 2012 and now supports more than 400+ oil and gas operators (small ma & pops and publicly traded companies alike) across 20 States.

Today, Greasebook is now the fastest growing production software in the patch.👏

The Greasebook corporate outpost is proudly located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 🤠📍

The Greasebook helpdesk is staffed by Petroleum Engineers, Geologists, and Completions Experts Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM CST. 

We have a real-time chat through which most questions are answered in 2 minutes or less.

Naturally, some questions are more complex and you’ll want to speak to someone over the phone. In this case, we aim to complete all callbacks within two hours of scheduling.👌

Of course, your Dashboard and Reports are available to you 24/7.

We don’t blame them.

Pumpers have been burned by Legacy Production Systems in the past. 😵

However, given how much upside you stand to gain in the form of time savings and profit, DON’T let the tail wag the dog, folks!! 💸

Real talk: the average pumper takes about 8 minutes to learn Greasebook (and that goes for guys in their 80s still tending wells…)

Give us two days and we’ll make believers out of your entire pumping crew….

Still not convinced? Check out Greasebook’s “Pumper Wall of Love” by clicking here and let the pumpers tell you themselves 😘

Let us help you help yourself. Simply send us your existing production info, and we’ll assign one of our Petroleum Engineers to turn-key your entire setup for you.

We’ll build your wells, your tank straps, your users and anything else you require.

Finally, once everything has been reviewed by your team, we’ll roll out your pumpers and either train them for you or with you – whichever you prefer.

That’s not a question, but actually no.

The average pumper demands anywhere from $125 to $400 per month.

And depending on what you require, Greasebook is priced anywhere from $5-15 well/mo.

So, given how much more you’ll get out of your pumpers, how much we’ll streamline your operations, and how quickly we’ll get this all done for you, we’re actually kind of a bargain.

Our guarantee is two-pronged…

First, run the app for full 6 weeks in your operations. If you’re not completely satisfied YOU DON’T PAY.

Second, if for any reason you’d like your money back in first 30 days after paying simply let us know and it’s yours. 🤝

However, if you’re anything like our other 400+ operators you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do this 6 months ago…

We’re ready when you are. Take the quiz and schedule a call here – depending how many operators we have in front of you, there’s a chance we can get you up and running by the end of next week.

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→ “Done for you” Pumper roll-out and training

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