A Wonderfully Quiet Day

Posted by on January 25, 2014

Another quiet night for Michael.  Just a handful of vehicles passed through the gate between midnight and 7:00 am today.  Although traffic picked up after 7:00 am.  The ‘rigging down’ process continued with more equipment, buildings, generator set ups, etc going out the gate to their next job.  We also started receiving the trailers for the new company men, test units, pipe skids, etc.

Overnight temps stayed low (27 at 8:00 am) so that we still had no water coming from our lifeline, but, thankfully, the water that we keep in our on board tanks is still flowing.  The water finally thawed out by 11:00 am.

Sunrise this morning - showing of the sparkle of the ice laden trees

Sunrise this morning – showing of the sparkle of the ice laden trees

All of the trees surrounding us were still covered in ice until about 9:00 am or so.  But today they didn’t  ‘speak’ to me as the wind was much more calm than yesterday.

I learned today that Wikipedia is wrong in its spelling of ‘Frack‘.  An older gentleman came through the gate and said that in the oilfield business it is spelled ‘FRAC’…short for fracturing.  He seemed to know his business so I’m gonna go with him on this one!

Both the night and day company men for this next stage arrived today.  I was told that coiled tubing takes 24 – 36 hours per hole.  We have 3 wells that they’ll be working on so this portion should take 3 or 4 days.  They said that the coiled tubing equipment should start arriving on Monday.

I talked with another gentleman that works with ‘flowback‘ that said that they’d be hauling out 2400 barrels of ‘flowback’ per day.  The trucks that haul it out carry 180 barrels at a time.  Flowback begins when coiled tubing ends.

A beautiful sunset in the oil patch of south Texas

A beautiful sunset in the oil patch of south Texas

Traffic was slower today.  What traffic I did have was ‘in & out’.  Trucks coming in to pick up trailers and then going out again.  I had a few ‘shift’ guys that came in for their shift and will be here through coiled tubing and flowback.  One of my favorite guys, Tyler, (Michael calls him ‘dreads’) from the frac left a couple of days to do another job but it was cancelled so he was back today.  He even requested some more treats…guess I’ll have to get on that!

By 6:00 pm we had 61 vehicles come in the gate and just 56 go out.  It was nice to relax and enjoy some time together.  We were even treated to a beautiful sunset!   Michael only slept about 4 1/2 hours or so as he catnapped last night since there wasn’t a whole lot of traffic.  We don’t expect much traffic flow this evening or tonight either so he’ll probably catch a few Z’s throughout the night again.

4 Responses to A Wonderfully Quiet Day

  1. deelebe

    Nice post Kelly but not sure you were meaning to use the S word when talking about shifts. 😉

  2. Anita Thompson

    thanks for the information. I hope to EXPERIENCE it for myself soon.

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