Oil Drilling

Oil is the most precious resource, only made the more precious because it is one that we are running out of. As such the exploration of locations for oil and the subsequent drilling for it is of the paramount importance, even allowing that most companies are also researching alternative energy sources. This means that they need to build expensive rigs in some of the hardest to reach spots, all while trying to keep costs down. This means that the companies are interested in making sure that they are digging in the rights spots while allowing for fall prevention on the site itself.

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The reasons companies drill are pretty simple: Oil is a booming business, and one that is always profitable. Bear in mind that oil does not just mean fuel; it also means plastics and other related products; petroleum is a very useful product. As companies are always looking for new sources of oil finding those sources is getting harder, especially as those locations shrink every year. While research into alternative fuels is always ongoing, it is likely that there will be a wholesale shift into their use any time; this means that new sources of oil need to be found in order to ensure that the current supply of oil is maintained, both for fuel and other uses.


The oil extraction process is usually straight forward: The company builds a derrick or platform, and sends a long pipe down into the oil field. The pipe is then strengthened and then used to extract the oil. The oil is put into barrels or other storage containers and then sent to wherever the company needs it to be. It gets more interesting if shale is involved, as the shale contains oil; the shale must be broken down and the oil gathered and the shale removed. The need to transport it puts its own limits on where oil can be found, but that shale can be used opens up locations.


This search for oil leads people into some very out of the way locations. The problem is finding a location that will yield enough oil to make it interesting for the company while not making it too hard to get there. While most of the exploration is done by radar and satellite, companies still need people on the ground to check things out. While this means that the edges of current oil fields are always under inspection in order to find areas that have yet to be exploited, it also means that other locations need to be looked at as well. Unfortunately, the nature of these locations tend to put them at odds with conservationists, and so the explorers need to be very careful about securing rights to those areas and to make sure that they are not already part of some conservationist project.


Suffice to say that safety precautions need to put into place, especially as dealing with such an explosive material. This means that a number of safe handling methods need to used just to handle the oil. The platforms also need to be accident-proofed, especially for fall prevention considering the height of some of these. Once the fall prevention and other dangers are allowed for, the oil company can drill, and then do as they will with the oil.