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Oilfield Storage and Drilling: How Does it Work?

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A lot goes into the oil drilling and oilfield storage process. At this point, you may wonder how all these technical processes and sophisticated equipment work together to produce oil for use within nearly every industry.

Oilfield Storage and Drilling: How Does it Work?

Before the oilfield storage process takes place, the oil drilling process starts with the drilling of a hole. This hole must go through the crust of the earth, using a long bit that is attached to a drill string. Once this hole is drilled, a steel pipe is inserted into it and the gaps surrounding it get filled with cement to stabilize the casing.

After the steel pipe is in place, the drilling process can begin. The operators fill up the hole with a mixture of chemicals, fluids, and solids to keep the rotating bit lubricated and keep broken rocks out of the way. As the drill bit goes deeper, new pipes may be needed.

Once the oil is extracted from the well, the drill pipe is removed, and the existing hole is filled up with cement. This keeps the reservoirs of hydrocarbon from mixing with the existing groundwater. As a final step, the head of the pump is removed and capped off so that the entire hole is filled.

Proper oilfield storage equipment is necessary to protect the oil carefully drilled during this process. If your operation requires new oilfield storage equipment, reach out to us at Keystone Oilfield Fabrication LLC today.