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For buildings of the same name in other Tropico games, see Oil Well.

Oil Wells provide Crude Oil which can be sold or refined for a better profit margin.


Placed on land over an oil deposit. Once complete there are lots of steel drums about the property, not surprising considering the product of Crude. Trash and a trash-can may appear next to the door(marked by a 'D'), as time passes. Engineers show up, then Teamsters haul the Crude off to an Oil Refinery or Dock.

In-Game Text


"It's high time to show these arrogant Superpowers who's the Man by ruthlessly exploiting earth's riches. Whenever you encounter deposits, you can build a Oil Well and the sweet little money will start rolling in."


"Produces Crude Oil. Can only be built on land and on an oil deposit."


Even if you have no offshore oil deposit; placing a Refinery will allow the Crude to be processed into higher priced Oil Products, given standard pricing.

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