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"Oil Patch" Jobs
« on: October 14, 2015, 08:51:06 am »
Along with the lower fuel prices, many oilfield jobs also disappeared.  Our Grandson "Buck" was "laid off" a couple of months ago when his production platform was deactivated.  Several companies also used this as an excuse/reason to rid themselves of poor performing workers.

Thankfully, Buck got a call two weeks ago offering work on a much larger offshore production platform that needed workers.  He jumped at the opportunity and was hired.  He left home Sunday at 5:00 AM, and after a three hour drive and a boat trip, arrived at the platform Monday at 2:00 AM.  That's a very long day, but he is glad to be back on the payroll.
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Re: "Oil Patch" Jobs
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2015, 12:42:05 pm »
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2015, 07:49:36 pm »
The ND oil patch is drying up too . My neighbor just got cut . They are down to just a few drill rig's left . Gearbox
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2015, 11:19:57 pm »
Good for him. My nephew just went back to work after being off 6 months and he has a family to support.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2015, 01:55:36 pm »
Buck was here last night and we had a nice talk.  He is actually on  a P & A crew.  That is "Plug and Abandon".  There are many non-producing wells in the Gulf that needs to be properly sealed off.  He has done some of that work in the past which qualified him to work for this much larger company with an almost unlimited amount of work scheduled.

They first seal the casing and then plug it with a measured amount of cement.  After it cures an explosive is used to shear the casing above the plug so that it can be removed.  He is happy. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2015, 03:38:17 pm »
The Tarsands have cut close to a thousand positions so far not counting the drilling and production sectors in this province. HOWEVER a LOT of that was to cut the "FAT" and low productivity. The "artificially over staffed" Safety sector has got nailed the hardest.

NOT exactly sure my self but my youngest daughter who work in a corp that has about 30% of it business in the patch saying that about 10,000 jobs cut this year and maybe that much yet to come. Occupational Health & Saftey (OHS) People screaming bloody murder at the Gov but the corps are walking away backs to the GOV with their HEARING safety devices firmly in place. I dont see this ending well for either side as our new lefter leaning Socialist gov having there head parked in place where the sun never shines not seeing or hearing any thing.

Alas the land of oil and riches is embarking on at least 4 years of famine that may extend much further IF they do what they promised on the environmental front as well.

Some are saying it will take 50 years to recover from the next 4 years of this government.
Those same people are saying that this province will be a welfare province when it over.
I am not quite that pessimistic.

After all we do have 45 Years of entrenched, unionized, Un-elected Conservative bureaucracy that cant be fired. First time in my life that I see a genuine advantage to a labour union that may well be good for ALL  that live in this province.   

   
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Re: "Oil Patch" Jobs
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2015, 01:00:07 am »
Well at least pot will be legal now that you have the drama teacher . Whether you can afford the munchies will be the real question !
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2015, 09:22:11 am »
Well at least pot will be legal now that you have the drama teacher . Whether you can afford the munchies will be the real question !

I never even thought of that but it is too true.

I guess the one thing we can say for him is "he is cute at least dad"! that what y youngest daughter had to say.
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2015, 08:35:30 pm »
I was told this gas drop is only going to drive the prices up much higher in a year or two  than they where before cause there will be a gas shortage soon   :-\

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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2015, 09:04:59 pm »
I was told this gas drop is only going to drive the prices up much higher in a year or two  than they where before cause there will be a gas shortage soon   :-\

Not sure I would buy that.

Refineries under construction and proposed in this country will put Alberta back in that industry as a major player. Also a couple of new technologies in proto type testing now that occupy oil field type skid that requires 2 of them to house a high production refining system that can be parked in the field and deliver finished fuel at a fraction of the cost of a huge stationary refinery. It is interesting to see how this will pan out. Gross investment is less than 2 million per operational unit and out put seems ridiculous. If it works its a game changer. 20 operational units in alberta would exceed current refining capacity in the province according to the development team working on it.

I'll have to see it to believe it.
     
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2015, 09:13:10 pm »
Buck got a call this evening and he heads back out tomorrow.   8)
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2015, 07:47:56 am »
MM how does he like this job compared to the other work he was doing

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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2015, 01:49:58 pm »
He is very excited and pleased.  He is glad that some previous experience that he thought was wasted rolled over and is actually helping him, but I had no idea what he was talking about.  I was just listening and enjoying his enthusiasm. 

Not being actually related to oil production, but the necessity to properly plug abandoned wells actually makes this job much more secure.

Of course he is the "grunt" on the crew.
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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2015, 12:06:48 pm »
My son just got laid off yesterday. He made it longer than I thought he would. Hopefully he can find something else soon. Like everyone else he has bills to pay and a family to take care of. The oilfield has it's ups and downs. I've been through several downturns myself and hold my breath each month wondering if my turn is next. You make good money but usually wipe out your savings every time a downturn comes along trying not to loose everything you've accomplished.
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