Producing Oil Well

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Well head
Oil is artificially lifted from underground reservoirs using a "pump jack." A rod connects the pump jack to a downhole assembly. At the well head, the oil is routed through pipes to a storage tank (in background to right). From the tank, oil is picked up by trucks and delivered to a refinery. If the well produces a sufficient amount of oil, or if many wells on the same property are producing, the operator may assemble a "battery" of tanks to store the oil between visits by the trucks.
Tank battery

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Created 19-Apr-2000