Rig Move Continues, Lunch & A Repaired Gate

Posted by on March 23, 2014

Another windy, gloomy day here in the oil patch.  Once again, I brought in the off-door slide to protect it from being ripped off…makes the living room pretty cozy actually!  It was chilly enough that the space heater turned off and on throughout the day.

Yesterday ended up being our busiest day since we started gate guarding January 13th.  Our previous ‘high’ was 265 vehicles passing in and out the gate but yesterday surpassed that with a total of 395 vehicles.  It was pretty hectic for a while and I was sure ready to be done with my shift when the time came!

This excavator went out during one of many trips out the gate

This excavator went out during one of many trips out the gate

The rig move continued today with trucks hauling equipment out and then making the return trip to pick up more.  The new rig site is only about 3 miles away so turn around doesn’t take too long.

Today was steady but not crazy busy like yesterday.  Along with the rig move going on we had the normal parade of sand trucks in and out throughout the day and of course shift change shortly before and after 6:00 am & pm.

It was interesting to watch the ‘derrick’ come down.  It has 2 hydraulic arms that lowers the derrick….it took about 10 minutes to come down once they got started.  The rig safety guy came over before they started to let me know that they were going to close the gate to the rig so no traffic was allowed in while it was coming down.  I had 3 sand trucks and 2 trucks moving rig parts waiting to come in when it was finally down.

Not quite 1/2 way down

Not quite 1/2 way down

Michael was disappointed that he was going to be asleep when the derrick came down so I tried to take enough pictures that could help him understand the process.  He got up to go to the bathroom just at the tail end of the process so he got to see the top of the derrick placed onto the back of a semi.

Bacon double cheese burgers & chips

Bacon double cheese burgers & chips

Today was the first time we’ve seen an actual caterer arrive.  In the past it’s just been people from the various companies come in to do some cooking for the crew.  Country, the rig company, man stopped by to tell me to go get us a couple of plates but I didn’t want to leave the gate unattended.  Thankfully, we weren’t forgotten and the caterers dropped off two dinners for us on their way out.  A little birdie (our frac safety guy) made sure they didn’t forget us…bless his heart.

How many oilfield workers does it take to fix a gate?  Two welders, the company man & a rig hand

How many oilfield workers does it take to fix a gate? Two welders, the company man & a rig hand

True to their word, the rig crew got our gate fixed and back up today.  They had a couple of welders on hand that were able to weld it back together and get it somewhat unbent.  It will never be the same, obviously, but it opens and shuts again!

Ta da!  The use of the sink cover increased our work space but quite a bit!

Ta da! The use of the sink cover increased our work space but quite a bit!

In the three years that we’ve had our coach we’ve never used the sink covers, they’re just always stored in the cabinet above the microwave.  Today I actually decided to use one and Michael thought I needed to include it in our blog post.  LOL

 

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