Oilfield equipment tends to be every bit as temperamental as the oil business itself. You might drill like crazy and strike a large oil pool or you could drill for days and only get a couple of gallons. The equipment used to drill for oil tends to break down a lot, and that is not surprising given that all of this equipment is exceptionally heavy and some of it has to barrel through exceedingly hard rock and soil to get to the prize. If you are new to this business and suddenly find your equipment is giving out on you, here are a few sources you can tap for backup equipment.
Need a Crane? Ask an Industrial Plant
Boom cranes are vital to the oil business because they help erect the derricks and the drilling rigs. If you only have one crane and and it just stopped working, you can ask the nearest industrial plant if they have one. Industrial plants frequently have to lift and move heavy objects, and they might have a boom crane you could borrow. At the very least, they might have some other type of crane that could help your crew hold and/or position heavy objects (e.g., hold onto the drilling bit until it can be re-positioned in the hole).
Need a Riveter? Ask a Manufacturing Plant
Riveting is commonplace for securing parts of the derricks and drill decks together. When your riveter gives out, try calling the nearest manufacturing plant to see if they have a riveter or riveting gun your crew can borrow for a day. It should be portable enough that the factory does not have to uninstall it in any way.
Need a Ground Leveler or Backhoe? Ask a Construction Company
If you have not done so already, it may be a good idea to get a construction contractor in your back pocket. Securing his or her services in advance to any catastrophe in your line of work means that you can count on the contractor to provide you with some heavy construction equipment when you need it most. If your ground leveling machines or backhoe are on the fritz, you can put in a call to a construction contractor (or to the one you have secured previously) and ask if he or she has any of the equipment pieces you need. Then you can schedule a time to borrow this equipment so that your crew can continue their work.
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