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Miscellaneous Oilfield Photography

Here is a collection of various oilfield phototography showing various equipment that is used to drill a well. There's a little bit of everything in the way of oilfield photography on this page.  Below is a photo of a "laydown machine" or lay down truck on an oil rig location. These machines are used to speed up the process of picking up or laying down pipe from the well. They can be used to quickly shuttle lengths of drill pipe or casing up through the Vee door using a sling type carrier and cables. The laydown operator's job involves operating various controls located along the side of the truck to the left.

Photo of laydown truck on oil rig site.

The next image is a photo of a wireline gyro truck used for gyroscopic surveying. The long silver tool sitting on stands next to the truck is a wireline gyro tool, or gyroscopic surveying tool. It is used to take an underground survey, similar to ones taken when surveying land. The gyro tool is oriented on the surface to true or magnetic north and is not subject to magnetic interference from the steel casing of a well. The surveyor uses a highly accurate counter to tell exactly where in the well he stops the spool of line and takes a survey. In real time, the operator can note the inclination (tilt) of the well, along with depth and azimuth (direction). Using these variables an accurate survey of the well can be obtained. Gyro surveying is very important to oil and gas drilling, since it is used to help avoid colliding with other wells or crossing lease lines. The next is a photo of MWD equipment. Measure While Drilling equipment can be used to survey a well in the open wellbore, away from sources of interference such as steel casing, as the well is being drilled. LWD equipment, or logging while drilling equipment are extra sensors which can be added to the MWD tool to produce a log of the well's geology. The box in the photo below is an MWD equipment kit. Inside is the MWD probe, which is seen assembled in the following photo. The MWD tool is calibrated on the surface using the level seen in the foreground. Measure While Drilling or MWD, and LWD equipment are important components of horizontal drilling in the oil industry.  Oilfield photography continued...

Photo of wireline gyro surveying truck in oilfield. Photo of MWD or Measure While Drilling Equipment used in horizontal drilling.

Measure while drilling or MWD probe on surface.

Below, photo of casing being unloaded onto pipe racks at well being drilled by Silveroak Drilling rig # 9 in New Mexico.

 Oilfield casing being unloaded by forklift.

Below is a photo of a workover rig used in the oilfield to "work over" or service existing wells. This one is being used by a small oil company to try and stimulate production from an abandoned well by drilling it a bit deeper. Next to it is a photo of an oilfield crew trailer where the workover rig roughnecks change clothes, get out of the weather and eat meals.

Workover rig in West Texas. Photo of oilfield worker's crew shack.

The next oilfield photo is of a derrick man working, tripping pipe. This photo was taken near Levelland Texas on Key Energy Services Rig 468.

Below is a photo of oil rig workers on a small truck rig, or modified workover rig, which is being used to re-drill existing oil wells using horizontal drilling tools. The rig workers in the photo work for Key Energy Services, one of the world's largest workover rig fleet operators. If you would like to use any of the oilfield photography on this site for commercial purposes, contact me at the link below.

photo of roughnecks on Key Energy workover rig in oilfield.

Below, photo of a gate guard's trailer. Gate guards are hired by oil companies, usually at the request of the landowner to check incoming and outgoing traffic at the main property entrance. Oilfield gate guards record the names and license plates of oilfield vehicles, as well as inform them of ranch policies, speed limits, etc.

Oilfield gate guard job.

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