Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 20 - 21

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 69 degrees and cloudy to 80 degrees and mostly sunny.

Pipe Sunday, they are changing the drill pipe to a smaller size now that th casing is in place inside the well. So they are loading and removing larger pipe and unloading small pipe since very early this morning when Bonnie was on duty. The flatbed trucks coming and going made for busy morning here and slowed down in the afternoon.

Using the lay down truck to bring in the smaller drill pipe

Monday, April 21, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 70 degrees and cloudy to 84 degrees and partly sunny.

The rig crew shift changes here on Sunday - Monday, day shift goes home for a week Sunday afternoon and a new crew starts Monday morning. The night shift goes home Monday morning and the new night shift comes on in the evening. It also seams that last weeks day men are coming in for the night shift this week. I went to Pearsall this week for groceries and Tan Jan needed an oil and filter change.

Awhile back I had a post on noise and I thought of that today and a few times in the past couple of days. The work today seemed to be more busy work with a larger number of vehicles on site at the same time (and the past few days more trucks on site at the same time) and multiple tasks being performed at the same time. With pipes clanging as they are moved or placed on storage racks and trucks backing to position and off load they toot their air horn before backing. The rig, when operating toots an air horn to have people respond one two or three short blasts brings different men to their proper position. An emergency will be a long continuous blast of the air horn.

All of this is raising the difficultly of sleeping during the daylight hours. As I am writing this it is night and I can hear a truck coming up the dirt road to our site, after stopping the driver opens his door to allow our interaction “signing the log sheet” and the lanyard to operate the truck air horn is caught on the door and is pulled as the door opens. Part of the “being close to the job site that we had not experienced in our three other gates. There we could not see or hear the rig or any work operation from the gate area.

Lay Down and wire line trucks in position at the rig

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 19

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 59 degrees and cloudy to 80 degrees and mostly cloud.

They finished putting the casing in the hole overnight and the cementing is in the curing this afternoon. Much more activity compared with than last Saturday


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 16 - 18

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 42 degrees and partly sunny to 76 degrees and mostly sunny.

Bonnie went into Dilly to mail some cards today and shopped at the dollar store. Just stroking here at the gate up and down with the drilling operation. There is oil and at two different levels or rock formations. (To enlarge pictures; Click on picture to enlarge, click on the < in the upper left to return to the blog)
Trucks; Sand blue, left, cement vessel, red lay down pipe

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 59 degrees and mostly cloudy to 81 degrees and partly sunny.

Our electric generator received its oil & filter change gate in and out normal and  new support companies coming in to support the drilling operation.


Friday, April 18, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 64 degrees and partly cloudy to 82 degrees and mostly sunny. 

The support companies came in overnight to lay down the drill pipe and cement the casing pipe after installation. I could hear strange noise as I was waking up this morning but it took until later in the morning to see and understand the operation of laying down the drill pipe the truck has a cradle hat is controlled by a cable with the pipe laid into then lowered to the table and rolled the pipe rack on the right side. The pipe on the left is casing awaiting to be installed and cemented in place.  

The drill pipe from the rack on the right is transported to another pipe rack by forklift for storage. After the second casing is installed there will be more work to the well bottom to allow the oil to flow into the well pumping area.

Drill pipe  storage





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 15

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 45 degrees and mostly sunny to 71 degrees and mostly sunny.

Generator fuel, yellow tank was filled today, so that is good for a while. I transferred some into the generator after the fuel truck departed. That is a big fuel tank, with the fuel in the gauge, red die diesel - off road use only, an now I can see fuel in the tank but the tank is not totally full into the neck of the filler.
The fuel gauge is now red with off road diesel fuel

This is an easy gate being the rig is small not requiring a big manpower to support the daily operation and allows me to spend time doing research on our trip east when we leave the gate in May. We have rig people that are here for a week and then off for a week so the crew alternates weeks on duty days and nights. During the week before shift or after shift they go into Dilly for food (store or fast food shops).










Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 13 - 14

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 73 degrees and partly cloudy to 89 degrees and mostly sunny.
Happy Birthday Jackie
                                             

I went into Dilly, for the post office mailing our checks to the bank getting drinking water and a Sunday newspaper also a car wash and I was back at the gate by eight o’clock for Bonnie to get some rest.

It looks like they are getting the next pipe casing ready to put down the well.


Sight Gauge on the fuel tank empty
Monday, April 14, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 74 degrees and cloudy with a front moving thru mid morning with wind gusts at 40 mph and a rains shower to 77 degrees and mostly sunny late in the evening. During the wind and showers we dropped twenty degree in temperature. 

Bonnie had a good nap last night and was ready for shopping this morning during the front moving thru. She had departed for Pearsall before the weather change came and had to deal with that, no problem just traveled slower. (To enlarge pictures; Click on picture to enlarge, click on the < in the upper left to return to the blog)  

Buster and the well site from the county road
the heavy black against the tower are double lengths of drill pipe stored on the platform.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 12

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 67 degrees and cloudy to 88 degrees and partly sunny.
five more of these tanks moved in yestarday

Slow day today for the gate and Bonnie had a hard days sleep, she kept waking and finally just stayed up. This morning I transferred (gravity no pump here) the yellow tank (now empty) diesel into the generator fuel tank. On this end of the tank there is a sight gauge, now indicating nothing remaining in the tank.

Well this evening the “rig people” brought me diesel and filling the generator tank for me, thank you to the “rig people”. I do not know the size of the generator fuel tank but it is large. There is provisions for two fuel gauges on the generator, both are not operational.

their generator was changed our & relocated here
and four pumping units are stored