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Lease Electrical System and Motors In Oil & Gas Production

The electrical system on your lease is usually a vital part of the operation. The electricity it provides can power pumps and other equipment for producing and treating oil. The system will also provide power for lights, tools, and even a few conveniences like a radio. The cost of supplying the lease with electricity is the responsibility of the pumper, as it’s considered a cost of the pumping operation. The electrical system itself and the maintenance it requires will also be left to the pumper, and so it’s useful to understand some basics about the electrical system and electrical power.

Electrical System


Electrical Basics

Electrical power can either be direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC). With direct current, electricity flows one way consistently in a circuit. With alternating current, the flow of the electricity changes directions. How often the direction changes is the cycle rate, which in the US is 60 cycles per second. Other countries may have other cycle rates. It’s important to use both the correct type (DC vs. AC) and the correct cycle electricity for each piece of equipment.

Likewise, it’s important to use the correct voltage for a particular piece of equipment. Most household electrical systems are at 110 volts, with some bigger appliances like washers and driers drawing 220 volts. Larger equipment on a pumping lease may use as much as 440 volts. Using the incorrect voltage, cycle, or using DC power when you should be using AC, can all damage equipment, sometimes in dangerous ways. The electrical plugs for some equipment, and electrical outlets, will often have a different arrangement to prevent the use of an incorrect electrical supply.

Electricity will most likely not arrive at the lease site at the correct voltage, as electricity is transmitted long distances at several thousand volts. That’s obviously way too much for any equipment on the lease. Electricity in long distance lines is also three-phase (which has to do with the construction of the wire), while electricity will need to be single phase to be used on the lease. The voltage and phase will need to be changed using a transformer. The amperage, or amount of work the electricity can do, will be stepped up in a direct relationship to the stepping down of the voltage. The transformer will usually be on a power pole, and hooked directly into the lease electrical system.


The Electrical System

The lease electrical system is really part of a larger electrical grid, starting with generators operated by the power company, and then sent to consumers through electrical lines. Though a pumping operation may use more electricity than a home, it’s still a small portion of the overall electrical grid. If you ever lose power on the lease, you’ll most likely need to contact the power company to let them know.

Electricity is distributed around the lease by electrical lines. Most leases will use a three overhead electrical lines, though a four line system is also used for some operations. Lines are run using electrical poles and fuses and any transformers that are needed.

Electrical System

Figure 1. Three lines and fuses on an electrical pole.

Electrical System

Figure 2. The second fuse from the right has been tripped.

There are three fuses on the pole for the three lines (with a four line system needing four fuses). The fuses are spring loaded so that it will fall when tripped, and can be easily seen. Examples of the fuses can be seen in Figures 1 and 2. In Figure 1, 3 functioning fuses can be seen. In Figure 2, you can see that one of the fuses has been tripped. When a fuse is tripped, you should shut in any equipment that is powered by that line. A blown fuse means a problem with the flow that could lead to damaged equipment. Contacting the power company should be your next step. They usually understand that power loss is a major problem and will act quickly.



One of the chief uses of the electrical system is powering automation systems on the lease site. This is particularly true of larger operations that depend to a greater extent on computer control. For smaller operations, automation usually consists of a control box with timers and fuses.


Control Boxes

For safety reasons, high electrical lines should drop to ground level and be run underground. A safe distance outside the well servicing area, the line should run down the pole to a fuse box with a disconnect lever that can electrically isolate the site. The line continues down and is buried in galvanized conduit and run to where it’s needed on the site. Electricity is routed through a control box before being sent to equipment.

In Figure 3, you can see a control box near the upper right. Electricity comes up from the bottom, flows toward the upper right where the control switch is located. The three round tubes at the front and on the lower half of the box are equipment fuses. Above them is a breaker arm, which can electrically isolate the equipment the box controls if there needs to be maintenance. There’s a wire to ground the box, as well, in case of lightning strikes or other surges. Wires hook the electrical supply to a small transformer which changes the electricity to 110 volts, and from there it powers the control switch.

The switch can be set manually to on or off, or to automatic to follow a schedule preset on a timer clock. The clock has three fuses. It also connects to a power motor, which will start equipment at times the clock is set. When that period ends, power is shut off.
The control box will have a few fuses and a reset button, both of which protect it against heat and electrical surges. It’s usually possible, with some basic knowledge, to solve the majority of problems you run into.

Electrical System

Figure 3. Control box and two timers.


Timers can be divided into two broad types. The time clock is mounted in a metal box about six inches wide by ten inches high and three inches deep. Rather than having a standard, analogue 12 hour face, it shows 24 divisions of one hour. Half the clock is white to indicate day, and half black to indicate night. For most timers of this sort, the day is divided into 15 minutes chunks when the equipment is either on or off. Depending on your needs and the wells production volumes, you can set the timer to run equipment at different times of the day.

A percentage timer works a little bit differently. Rather than running the equipment at specific times of the day, it will turn it on at certain times so it will run a percentage of the whole day. A timer will run for a particular period, usually between 15 minutes and an hour. You can then set the timer to turn things on for a percentage of that period. For example, a timer set to run 33% of the time on a 15 minute timer will turn equipment on for 5 minutes out of every 15.



Like other electrically equipment, electric motors usually need to be provided with a voltage of 110, 220, or 440. Depending on the size and operating specifications of the motor, they might run at 1100, 1400 or 1725 rpm, though motors have a wide range of speeds.

Electrical System

Figure 4. An example of a motor and control box. The motor can be wired to run at three different speeds.

An electric motor for a pump will normally have three groups of three wires connecting to the electrical system. Each group will be attached to a single wire from the control box. The direction the motor runs can be changed by switching two of the wire groups. The motor will have a plate on it which indicates how to hook up the motor.

There are motors that can be hooked up to either 220 or 440 volts. The plate with instructions will indicate if that’s the case, and how to wire the motor for each option.


Using Electricity Safely

Electricity is obviously useful, but it can also be dangerous if it’s not handled with caution. Safety procedures as well as good worksite habits are essential. Most often at a pumping well, you’re working by yourself, so it’s important to take responsibility for your own welfare. You’re going to have to replace tripped fuses, perform basic maintenance, and even due some simple rewiring if needed. There’s a few general rules which should be followed in every situation. Make sure that you’re always shutting off and isolating any electrical system from the power supply before you begin working on it. Where insulated gloves when handling electrical lines. Know what you’re doing before you start, and take a conservative attitude when it comes to risky situations.  


Operating Costs

One of the chief considerations when setting up your electrical system is the cost, both of assembling the system and the ongoing cost of using electricity. Power consumption is going to be a significant expense, and it can turn a marginally profitable well into one not worth working.

In return for running a power line to the lease, power companies will commonly require a 5 year commitment with a minimum amount billed. It’s possible to manage the cost of electricity by understanding how power companies charge. At peak usage times, for example during the workday, a power company will usually charge more. If the demand for electricity across the whole grid goes up, they’ll also increase their rates.

By taking advantage of lower cost time periods, you can help to manage the expense for your operation. Most pumps use less electricity when they’re up and running than when they first start. Timing things so a pumping cycle starts during a lower rate time period can show savings. Run equipment that draws less power, such as a circulating pump, during peak hours. Pumping the well and other high drawing activities can be scheduled for off-peak hours. Other pumpers and the operations manager should be able to provide some guidance on how to manage your electricity consumption.

Is your appetite for oil & gas operating knowledge insatiable like ours? 😀 If so, check out these related articles, The Basics Of Maintaining Engines For Oil & Gas Production and, Utility Pumps For 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 😉
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  • 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.

Voted New Technology Development of the Year.

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.

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

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