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→ Achieve results in less than 1 week.
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Testing And Treating Oil & Gas Production

Pumping crude oil out of the ground is a complicated process. Understanding reservoirs, pressure, and the advantages of different pumping methods might all be necessary to get the most out of a working well.

But once the oil gets to the surface, the work is actually just beginning. Before the oil can be sold, it has to go through a separation process, removing water and sediment, that includes treatment with chemicals. It also has to be tested so that the amount of sediment and water can be determined before it’s sold. Both of these processes are, at their base, fairly straightforward. However, as with many things, the details are important to understand.



Treating Oil

There are a range of chemicals that can be added to crude oil for various purposes. Specific products might actually do a few different things, but it’s possible to class the different additives into a few basic categories.

The basic use for chemical additives is to aid in the separation process. Crude oil usually includes water and sediment from the well. The buying company will set requirements for the amount of basic sediment and water, or BS&W, in the oil that you must meet before they’ll accept what you’re selling. Chemicals can help in a few different ways. Surfactants help the water to separate from the oil. Paraffin thinners keep heavier elements of the oil flowing, and demulsifiers also help in separating different elements of the crude oil.

Chemicals can also be added for other purposes. Corrosion inhibitors and oxygen scavengers are commonly added to reduce corrosion. Scale inhibitors are also added to prevent scale accumulating in equipment. There are also a range of other chemicals for more specific purposes.

Overuse of chemicals can cause long term problems with the emulsion. There are more chemicals that can be used to correct these sorts of problems, but are much more expensive than standard chemical treatment.

We go into more depth on the set-up and use of chemical recording and inventory in the GreaseBook here: Tracking Inventory In Oil & Gas Production.

Or, you could also get smart and just have it all done for you by checking out 😉


Testing Oil

You’re going to be testing and measuring the oil in a number of ways and for a range of purposes. When getting ready to sell the oil, however, you’re testing to make sure it meets requirements set by the buyer. As part of the buying process, the buyer’s gauger will come around and perform a few tests to determine if the oil is ready to be sold. The gauger is more likely to take a careful measurement if you’re there, and particularly if you understand the tests being performed. Performing the tests yourself can also help you make sure the oil is ready to be sold. Other tests will help determine how the oil needs to be treated and with what.


Testing Bottoms

Oil usually weighs 8 pounds or less per gallon, depending on its weight and makeup. Salt water like what’s coming from a well will usually weigh at least 8.33 pounds per gallon and can weigh up to 9 ½ pounds. Even the heavier weight oil and elements like paraffin are lighter than water, and so will form a layer between water below and the oil floating above. This layer will usually be an emulsion, consisting of salt, water, asphalt, sediment and sand, and oil bound up with the other elements.

The build up of emulsion is called ‘bottoms’, and its height above the tank bottom needs to be established. Most buyers will require the level of BS&W should normally be no more than 8 inches above the bottom of the tank. The tank needs to be circulated, and other steps taken, to keep the tank bottom clean. Otherwise, the emulsion will continue to build over time.

The level of emulsion can be found using a thief. This is a measuring tool that consists of a cylinder of glass or brass with a lid. The cylinder can be lowered into the tank, and then the lid opened automatically. The thief will take a sample of the fluid at the depth it’s opened. You should have some idea of where the water/oil interface is, which gives you a rough idea of where to open the thief. You can get a more precise measurement using the thief with a gauge line.

The thief is attached to the gauge line with the trip rod set. You can lower it into the tank, and then give it a small lift and sharp drop, which will open the thief. It’s important that the thief be moved slightly and only enough to open the thief. Too much movement can disturb the BS&W. You won’t be able to get an accurate reading until the oil, water, and sediment have a chance to settle back down.


Testing For BS&W

Gravity, chemicals, and some heat will do a lot to separate the oil you want from all the other stuff you pump out of the ground. But no process is perfect, and oil will still have some amount of water and sediment suspended in it even after the separation process. You’ll need to make sure that water and sediment make up a very small amount of the oil sold; usually the buyer asks that it be no more than 1% of the volume.

Because the separation does use gravity to a large extent, the oil at different depths in the tank will have a different amount of BS&W. To get an overall picture of the oil’s makeup, you’ll need to take samples of the oil at a couple different depths. Take one sample from a shallower depth, and a second closer to the bottom. The amount of BS&W can be added and then divided by 2 to get an average. You can add a third sample and divide by 3 to get a slightly more accurate reading.

To find out how much BS&W is in a sample, you’ll need to use a centrifuge. These are expensive and delicate pieces of equipment. They also require using centrifuge tubes, which are also delicate and fairly expensive. There’s a few different styles of centrifuge tubes, including a 100ml cone shaped variety that is most likely what will be used when the oil is sold. A pear shaped 100ml tube is also used, and is slightly more accurate for measuring very low amounts of BS&W. Most often, however, pumper and operators get estimates using a 12.5ml tube with a basic shakeout centrifuge. Shakeout machines are less accurate, but also less delicate and so better suited for use in the field. Ideally, the shakeout machine should have a bracket on your truck where it can be mounted when in use.


Oil Weight

The weight of the oil isn’t actually a measure of how heavy it is, but how dense it is. Specific gravity is a method of measuring density by comparing the density of one material to a standard. For oil, the scale is compared to the density of water at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil with a higher specific gravity will be denser, and oil with a lower specific gravity will be densest.

Oil has its own scale for measuring specific gravity, the API gravity (American Petroleum Institute, named for the body that set the standard) system. With that scale, water at 60 degrees Fahrenheit has a gravity of 10. Most oil will measure between 15 and 50, with condensation above that is up to the 70s. Higher API oil is usually easier to treat and separate. Lower numbers mean thicker and darker oil, and higher numbers mean lighter and clearer oil. Oil that is about 16 on the API scale will weigh about 8 pounds per gallon.

Oil weight is determined using a hydrometer. A hydrometer is usually a bulb with a long graduated cylinder above it. The hydrometer is lowered bulb first into the oil, and will float at a specific depth, with the cylinder sticking up. The specific gravity is indicated by the level of fluid on the side of the cylinder. It may be necessary to have a set of hydrometers for measuring the gravity of different densities of oil.

The weight of the oil will impact its sale price, and so an accurate measurement is important.


Oil Temperature

The oil’s temperature will also have an impact on its sale price. Oil pumped from the well will be the same temperature as the earth surrounding, with deeper wells generally being warmer. Oil will cool as it is pumped to the surface and it won’t flow as easily. It can also have an impact on how easy it is to treat the oil, with cold oil being more difficult than warm oil. Thicker oil will hold a larger ratio of water and sediment, and may need to be heated in a heater-treater. Most flow lines are run on the surface as the sun heats the pipe and keeps the oil at a higher temperature, which makes it easier to treat water and sediment out. For the same reason, it may be easier to add chemicals at the wellhead so that it mixes with the oil in the annulus.

When the oil is tested and measured before it’s sold, it’s temperature will be gauged. A temperature adjustment is then applied to the purchase price, so it’s important to have a good idea of the average temperature of the oil in your sales tanks. A higher temperature will lead to a lower adjusted price (as warmer oil takes up more room and therefore has a greater volume), and colder oil will actually have a slightly higher purchase price.

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

How CAN we guarantee you a 6% lift in profit margin in 6 weeks*?

*PLEASE NOTE: 6% is the AVERAGE result of producers who implement the app into their operations..... which means a full HALF of our clients do better 🤑


Send us your Well and Pumper info 📑

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

Day 1

Roll out Pumpers 👨🏻‍🦰👴🏻👨🏻👨🏾‍🦱👴🏽🧔🏼‍♂️📲

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

Week 1

Immediate Results 🎯

  • 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 🍳

→ “Zero-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
MCF flowed to date

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.

→ “Zero-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.

→ “Zero-sweat” complete Company setup, turn-keyed by a Pet. Eng.
→ “Done for you” Pumper roll-out and training

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