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ScrubberManFSJ
02-06-2005, 07:51 PM
This happened not too far from where we have people stationed in that same feild. 1 person died and seven wounded, but its lucky as it could have been much worse.

http://www.canadian-wellsite.com/images/Photo%20Gallery/Nab29fire2.jpg

http://www.canadian-wellsite.com/images/Photo%20Gallery/Nab29fire5.jpg

http://www.canadian-wellsite.com/images/Photo%20Gallery/Nab29fire9.JPG

http://www.canadian-wellsite.com/images/Photo%20Gallery/Nab29fire12.JPG

ScrubberManFSJ
02-06-2005, 07:51 PM
This happened not too far from where we have people stationed in that same feild. 1 person died and seven wounded, but its lucky as it could have been much worse.

http://www.canadian-wellsite.com/images/Photo%20Gallery/Nab29fire2.jpg

http://www.canadian-wellsite.com/images/Photo%20Gallery/Nab29fire5.jpg

http://www.canadian-wellsite.com/images/Photo%20Gallery/Nab29fire9.JPG

http://www.canadian-wellsite.com/images/Photo%20Gallery/Nab29fire12.JPG

Furious_Gopher
02-07-2005, 02:55 PM
Any evidence as to how it started?

Hornet57
02-07-2005, 03:13 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Furious_Gopher:
Any evidence as to how it started? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

either a match or a lighter http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

ScrubberManFSJ
02-07-2005, 05:58 PM
Sorry Hornet, if he was asking about mechanics, I'll bow to you. This was started by a drilling rig doing whats called a surface hole. It is rare to hit a pocket of gas at a shallow depth of 140 meters into the ground, but this rig did. The B.O.P's (Blow Out Preventers) were not yet installed onto the rig, and would have prevented this from happening if they had been. The B.O.P's are several sets of hydraulic rams that can close off the rig from the hole, in case of a "kick". (this is when a pocket of gas, or higher pressure than expected come back to surface from downhole) As the B.O.P's were not yet installed, the crew had no method of shutting in, and sending any gas to flare (into the atmosphere to be burned). And since the gas had now where to go, it flooded the floor (picture 2 where the flame touches the rig buildings) and was sucked into the engines and power plants that are not intrisically safe (sp?) and such being, created a spark to ignite the gas.

Hornet, no rig crew carries lighters or matches onto a location, smoking is banned, and all crews know what can happen if a lighter is carried in a pocket in situations like this.

But hey, next time there is a car question, feel free to answer. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

ScrubberManFSJ
02-07-2005, 06:18 PM
Gopher, Here (http://www.canadian-wellsite.com/Gallery/gallery.htm) are some other pictures of Oil Patch related "oops" that you may enjoy.

Demon_Mustang
02-07-2005, 08:50 PM
Not that it was a great thing that person died, but it's good it wasn't worse.

Nice photos, I'm not familiar (duh) with oil drilling or whatever, but I'm presuming it is standard not to install the B.O.P. devices you spoke of, maybe until it has reached a certain depth or something? Or were they supposed to have been installed and were not?

Just wondering, like I said, I don't know anything about this kind of stuff.

ScrubberManFSJ
02-07-2005, 09:05 PM
Thanks for asking Demon. One does not expect to reach pockets of gas at that depth, so no, I don't think its standard OPS.

But each company does its own thing..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Anyways, while it is a bad thing to say that 1 guy died, its good as there is usually about 5 or more guys working on the floor or in the doghouse (a shack that is located right off the floor) and the resulting explosion/flame could have killed them as well.

Demon_Mustang
02-07-2005, 10:05 PM
(I'm assuming this is the company you work for, correct me if I'm wrong)

Do you think your company will change it's policy and will, from now on, install those devices at the earliest possible time to prevent this from happening again? Or has this happened before and management still did not find the need to safeguard against this?

ScrubberManFSJ
02-07-2005, 10:26 PM
No, I do not work for that company Demon. The oil patch is kind of hard to explain, but I will try, as you seem to seriously want to know.

Take Oil Company XYZ. (it doesn't exist, for demo purposes only)

XYZ needs to drill a well in an area, the siesmic has already been done, the lease (a flat dirt pad about 200m x 200m, size does vary) has been made, and the drilling rig moves onto location. this is done with many loads of large trucks made for this type of work. Here is one that is sunk in the mud, which is quite common here.

http://www.canadian-wellsite.com/images/Photo%20Gallery/sunkcommander.JPG

This is a bed truck that has a rig tank on the back of it. This is the tank in which the rig (drilling rig that is) will send any fluids that it needs to store until it is needed. The rig has many different parts to it, and the drilling company (in this case Nabors Drilling) hires many different types of businesses to help with this venture.

Some examples are

Drilling Mud comapnies:

these guys supply a type of mud that is sent down the drill stem, thru the bit (explain more later) and then which flows back up the casing (a type of pipe that is used to hold said well open) carrying the tailings from the ground, back to surface.


Bit Companies:

These guys supply the drill bits that are located at the end of the drill stem.
This page (http://www.smithbits.com/products_gd_quad_d_reamers.aspx) will show you a good example of that.

Water haulers:

Tank trucks whos only job is to haul water to location for use in camps, boilers, steam cleaners and such.

Safety companies:

These companies (I work for one of them) provide medical services, safety services, air trailers, confined space entry specialist, high angle rescue teams, gas monitoring equipment and a host of other essential services.

Camp companies:

Provide living accommadations for services out on location.

Geologist companies, directional drillers, fishing companies (called this because they go "fishing" downhole when something parts from the drill stem), vaccuum trucks, Pipehandlers, hotshot companies, frac crews that belong to companies like haliburton, trican and dowell just to name a few.

So its possible to have 20-30 other companies on location to do one well. Nabors is the one that had the accident, Encana was the oil company, and I don't know yet who the crews were that got hurt.

hope this helps.......

Demon_Mustang
02-07-2005, 11:24 PM
Oh ok, I guess you wouldn't know the specifics on that company's safety protocol, that's a lot of stuff to keep track of.

Well, on a kind of unrelated note, are those drill tips really bright puke green like that? Or was that just for the purpose of the illustrations on that site? Looks like pretty complicated stuff.

Oh, and have they tried to put a few palmetto leaves under the tires on that truck stuck in the mud? Seem to work pretty good on my old Acura Integra. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Hornet57
02-08-2005, 03:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ScrubberManFSJ:

Hornet, no rig crew carries lighters or matches onto a location, smoking is banned, and all crews know what can happen if a lighter is carried in a pocket in situations like this.

But hey, next time there is a car question, feel free to answer. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Scrubbs, I wasn't serious about knowing how the fire started and if you take a sec and look at the end of my sentence you will notice a http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif and a http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

But thanks for the explanation though, sounds like an interesting (and dangerous) job and I am not being sarcastic either.

ScrubberManFSJ
02-08-2005, 07:00 AM
It is a very dangerous job Demon & Hornet, and one day I know its (a good possibility) that it will kill me too, but lots of people make a very good living at it, so its popular. A person with no experiance can start work at $21.00 per hour and get 12 hours a day, for 21 days straight. (that 12 hours is with 3 hours 1.5 x $21, and 1 hour 2X) so it adds up pretty fast.

Safety guidelines have come a long way, even in the last 10 years that I have been doing this type of work (oil related) and its a very positive thing. Now the companies are leaning towards safety alot more than before, with most (or almost all) striving for zero accidents/lost time. More meetings are planned thru out the day, so all know what is going on, work can be turned down by the contracters if they deem it unsafe.

Fire, explosions, high pressures, equipment malfuction on million dollar peices of equipment (as seen above) all can kill or maim while on location, but now, most companies safety record is more ruined by the fact of driving to and from locations (this is probably whats going to get me as I drive long distances as part of my Sales job). We have extreme weather here, and wildlife is quite abundant, which makes for very hazardous driving conditions.

And while some drill bits are colored green, it has no bearing on how they work...... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

ScrubberManFSJ
02-08-2005, 12:44 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hornet57:

But thanks for the explanation though, sounds like an interesting (and dangerous) job and I am not being sarcastic either. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

No problem. I appreciate your questions. It is a very interesting job. Like I mentioned before, You can be a 22 year old kid, with a few years experiance, be in charge of $11,000,000.00 worth of equipment doing a high pressure frac.

No THATS a rush to see one of those. Picture 8 V12 diesels cranked to full RPM, pumping sand (yes, sand) downhole at 10,000 psi.

http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/mark_kulak/2003/dec09/27.jpg

Hornet57
02-08-2005, 01:19 PM
"It is a very dangerous job Demon & Hornet, and one day I know its (a good possibility) that it will kill me too"

I hope that is not what you meant about planning to retire early http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

ScrubberManFSJ
02-08-2005, 03:23 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hornet57:
I hope that is not what you meant about planning to retire early http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif That's how the wife is planning to retire early.......

Hornet57
02-08-2005, 03:43 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ScrubberManFSJ:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hornet57:
I hope that is not what you meant about planning to retire early http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif That's how the wife is planning to retire early....... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ah so I see you married a smart one also

ScrubberManFSJ
02-08-2005, 04:16 PM
Of course I did. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif I'm not sure why she married me though.........

Leep
02-09-2005, 02:15 PM
Man-- Pretty serious stuff Scrub--Take care and be careful man...

Oh, any chance I can get you to check your PMs any time soon??
Been trying to get hold of you for awhile now.
Take care.

Leep Out:

Leep
02-09-2005, 02:20 PM
Hmm, Scrub--It says you do not have permission to view my PM to you-don't get that at all.
Anyway, the reason I wanted to talk to you was to ask if you want a copy of my new Cd.
I sent one to Demom, Hornet, Thor, MNG, Digger and Snipe
I was hoping that you might like one. No problem if you don't--Let me Know-= http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Leep Out:

Guidon666
02-09-2005, 03:31 PM
I feel so left out http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Like being picked last, or not at all, for dodgeball.

Demon_Mustang
02-09-2005, 09:58 PM
Well, not sure what type of music you enjoy Guidon, but I think no matter what Leep's CD is worth a listen, very good vocals.

I'm not sure what genre to call it though, I think like the traditional style country, not the newer style with drums and all that rock stuff.

Leep
02-10-2005, 12:47 PM
Hmm Was going to keep it to those that I have come to know the most over the last three years- but hey- I have 15 cds that one song skips just a bit- some problem initially with the format in the studio i gues. But other than that they play fine.
So- Anyone else that wants one just pm me with an addres-and if you don't mind that one small problem, i'd be glad to ship one off to you long as they last. better than throwing them away and i was going to do that.
And, rest assured- I delete your address as soon as I put it on the package...
Had to get Thors three times before he finally said, "Leep, Just keep it on file." http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
So, first come first served- my treat and no cost to anyone. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Take care all.
Leep Out:

Deliverance
02-11-2005, 03:14 AM
Scrubbs (Im not sure if your week ban is up yet)
Interesting post on the rig fire. As I work in a theatre complex I fully understand the need for fire containment systems..Though thankfully my job is not as dangerous as yours!

I found this on one of my maintenance sites

http://www.maintenanceworld.com/Articles/trelleborg/safetypipe.html

Im not sure if the incident involved at your rig was a jet fire, but it makes for interesting reading anyways.

ScrubberManFSJ
02-20-2005, 08:35 AM
It is an interesting read. On a side note, the drilling rigs we use, are of a different technology than a Drilling Platform, and water usage is not that important as the system is "closed". The rig tak already hold the water supply, this is located right below the doghouse, with the pump shack close by connected directly to it with a large steel pipe. The water does not have far to travel, and is recycled (to an extent) after it is used to bring tailings up from downhole.

One thing I did not notice, did it say how cold it would work up to before becoming unstable? Our temps here can get as low as Minus 35 celcius.......

Deliverance
02-22-2005, 08:01 AM
hmmm good point. I know the working conditions of the platforms in the North sea are some of the toughest ever but I doubt the air temperature drops to minus 35 (ouch!)...

ScrubberManFSJ
02-22-2005, 12:03 PM
Actually, the temps in the north sea probably get below that, but they would use a heat trace system on their lines........

Leep
02-22-2005, 04:27 PM
Tues the 22nd Scrub... Just sent the cd off on its way today.

Leep Out:

ScrubberManFSJ
02-22-2005, 04:30 PM
Right on Buddy! If the music sucks, I always need more clay pigeons.......


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Trogdor93
02-23-2005, 08:28 AM
Scrubbie,

Sorry to play 20 questions, but do you work for Schlumberger? Or were they doing work for the company you work(ed?) for?

Are you like a part-time cop or something?

ScrubberManFSJ
02-23-2005, 11:28 AM
1) No, it was the first picture of a frac truck that came up on a google search

2)Auxiliary Police in the Province of British Columbia

Whew! Only 18 more to go......... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Trogdor93
02-23-2005, 06:11 PM
Ah, I was just wondering. My father works for Schlumberger.

Did I say 20? I meant 2.0. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ScrubberManFSJ
02-23-2005, 06:22 PM
Sorry to hear that! No really, they put alot of money into training people, and seem, from the people that I know, to be a good company to work for.