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Just how do you move a 1000 barrel oil field tank?

Posted by Ashley Gill on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 @ 14:08 PM

Tank Partners built it, now we have to move it.

Big Teena is a 1000 bbl. oil field tank with dimensions of 21’6” wide, 16 feet high.  Sitting on a low boy trailer and taking the top flanges into consideration, the overall height is 19 feet, that’s 5 foot higher than the non-permitted height in Texas of 14 feet!

Weighing just on 19,000 lbs. and overall capacity of 42,000 gallons, Big Teena is the largest shop fabricated tank available. Her destination was Goldsmith Texas, just over 400 miles from Seguin.  

Six Vehicles Required

In addition to the tractor trailer, the move required 3 escort cars and two bucket trucks. That’s a total of six vehicles in convoy to get the tanks to its destination. The bucket trucks raise low hanging utility lines. They also carry chain saws to cut any low hanging tree limbs so the tank is not damaged.  Each of the vehicles work as a team, they are in constant radio contact with each other so as to protect the tank and all other road users.

The move covers only 60 miles the first day mostly due to tricks required to navigate the roads and traffic in the populated areas in South Texas. The second day covers 340 miles as the roads open up. After a 400 mile journey, Big Teena is unloaded on the morning of day three. What a move!

Watch the video below to see this massive steel oilfield tank leaving Tank Partners in Seguin, Texas.


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