Frac Ends, Coiled Tubing Arrives & The Gate Bites The Dust…Again

Posted by on March 28, 2014

It’s been a few days and thought it was time to write a post…which usually means a longer post…sorry!

It’s been on the busier side since last Saturday, averaging 387 vehicles per day.  Monday was the busiest day with 495 vehicles passing through the gate.  I was pretty darn pooped by the end of the day, to say the least.  The majority of the traffic comes through during the day, of course, but Michael gets his fair share, as well.

These two ladies (named Pam & Sam by Michael) showed up over the weekend and stayed around until mid-week and have now disappeared.  They were sweet and friendly...I'm sad they left us.

These two ladies (named Pam & Sam by Michael) showed up over the weekend and stayed around until mid-week and have now disappeared. They were sweet and friendly…I’m sad they left us.

The biggest majority of the traffic on Monday was due to the rig moving out.  We had lots of trucks in and out all day long hauling various equipment and or pieces of the rig.

Although 99% of the rig and its various structures were gone on Monday work continued on the pad on Tuesday.  There were 6 tanks, lots of pipe and various small pieces of equipment that still needed to be picked.  Along with that there was a crew there to grade the pad and make it all nice and level.

Since traffic dropped from 495 to 299 vehicles I actually had some time to breathe so I made 8 dozen cookies and handed them out to the various crews as they came in to start their shift or ended their shift.  As always, they were so thankful, so many surprised looks on their faces.

The first of the 'big' frac trucks heading out Thursday evening

The first of the ‘big’ frac trucks heading out Thursday evening

Once the rig moved out things slowed down some…although it was still busier than we’ve had in the past.  We have 2 big surges….between 4:30 am and 6:30 am and again between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm – shift change.  Then there is the on going parade of sand trucks, hauling the necessary grades of sand that are needed to do that actual frac.  Most of the time they come in groups of 2 or 3, sometimes just one truck at a time.  There were times when we’d have 17 or 18 trucks down at the frac site at one time as they had to wait until the particular grade of sand they’re hauling was needed.  It wasn’t unusual to have sand trucks pulled over on the side of the lease road or parked on the pad behind us getting some much needed sleep.

The crew laying the pipe for the pipeline

The crew laying the pipe for the pipeline

The pad behind us, ‘A pad’, has one producing well on it and other than that is quiet (unless a sand truck driver is parked their sleeping).  Although soon it, too, will be getting some action.  A construction crew will be here to build a pipeline from ‘A pad’ to the pad that the rig was housed on, which we call ‘B pad’.  It will be interesting to see what happens as they have to build the pipe line across the lease road that leads to the frac pad.  Hmmm….

Thursday morning I drove into Yorktown, which is about 12 miles from here to shop for some groceries at Lowes Market.  I knew items would be higher priced but figured that the mileage saved (almost 20 miles round trip) and the time saved (probably close to an hour) would out weigh that…I was wrong.  On top of most things being WAY overpriced they didn’t have several things I needed.  So next week I’ll bite the bullet and drive into Kenedy to shop at HEB and Walmart.  You live and you learn…

The last sand truck pulled out at 10:28 am Thursday morning.

The last sand truck pulled out at 10:28 am Thursday morning.

The frac was finished Thursday morning and we had some small crews pulling out not too long afterward.  It was a fairly slow traffic day, which was very welcomed.  We only completed about 3.5 pages (24 entries per page) where we’d be completed about 6.5 pages.  The frac crew pulled out several of their large pump trucks and equipment in the evening.  No night shifts came in but Michael did have several bobtails come in overnight to pick up various pieces equipment and haul them off to the next frac site.

We thought traffic was supposed to be on the lighter side today as coiled tubing wasn’t expected to come in until tomorrow.  SURPRISE!  Things got moved forward and coiled tubing arrived this afternoon.  That means that they’ll get staged tonight and tomorrow and then start working either tomorrow or Sunday morning.  Things are moving fast!

Poor gate sure has had it's share of mishaps...

Poor gate sure has had it’s share of mishaps…

Unfortunately, as the coiled tubing trucks came in one had to reposition himself so he went back out the gate so that he could get turned around in order to head down to the pad where they’ll be working.  On his way out the gate he knocked the gate out and we are now, once again, gateless.   Seems to me that they need to just leave it down until they’re done.  But they’ll be back out in the morning to fix it…again.

Michael was able to sleep some last night so he only slept until noonish today.  He had planned to do some ‘puttering’ around outside:  install the straps that hold the TV in the basement, do some dusting in the basement, install a new sewer cap.  Thankfully, they were small projects and he still had time to help me log vehicles while I chopped veggies for vegetable soup and iced my knee, which has been acting up the last few days.

Michael checking the coiled tubing trucks in this afternoon

Michael checking the coiled tubing trucks in this afternoon

We got FedEx and UPS deliveries straight to our door yesterday!  We heard from other gate guards that if you looked up your location on Google Maps you could get an address and use that and just write ‘Gate Guard’ on the directions.  Michael decided to try it out and placed an order for a few items from Amazon.  (Sewer Cap, Sewer plug wrench, Sewer hose caps, metal box corners, a charging adapter for our new mifi and light bulbs for the coach)  We’ve received everything but the light bulbs as those are coming USPS.  Keeping our fingers crossed that the mailman can find us as easily as FedEx and UPS did!

 

 

2 Responses to Frac Ends, Coiled Tubing Arrives & The Gate Bites The Dust…Again

  1. John

    Kelly, with Michaels’s hearing issues does he have a difficult time having a conversation with the drivers as they pull up to the gate? Now that I’m outside working in a garden center I find it difficult to hear people ask a question unless I’m right next to them.

    • Kelly

      He does, John…but then again so do I at time! Those truck are loud…if communication is really bad the drivers often turn the trucks off or we just climb up and talk to them that way. He also has a rough time hearing the bell so we’ve brought in the house (through a window) and cover it with a towel to muffle it or it’s TOO loud.

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