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Discussion: (13 comments)

  1. Drilling really hasn’t changed in forty years…

    Very cool video clip though…

  2. Beautiful!

    Look at the wealth being created!

    1. Look at the wealth being created!

      Not so far. Shale production has destroyed capital as the producers were unable to self finance their operations. The ‘boom’ will only go on as long as there is cheap credit being thrown around. Once that stops the game will come to an end fairly quickly.

  3. Anybody notice the windmill at the bottom of the frame?

    1. Heh! Well, one must have *reliable* power to operate a rig like this. :)

    2. The small wind turbine and probably some solar panels that cant be seen are used to supply power to monitoring instrimentation on the well pads. The local utilities are probably years behind in providing distribution electric power to most of these well sites. In the Karnes County area the Eagle Ford wells are in the overpressure part of the Eagle Ford play and the oil, natutal gas and NGLS are pushed to the surface via this underground pressure. Eventually this overpressure will diminish and artificial lift will be needed such as pump jacks that run on electric power. It will be interesting to see how the local COOP power companies respond to this increased demand in power comsumption.

      1. The small wind turbine and probably some solar panels that cant be seen are used to supply power to monitoring instrimentation on the well pads“…

        Looks like an anemometer to me…

        1. Went back and looked at the video again and agree with your comment. I assumed that Marathon was using windturbines in addition to solar panels. All the ConoccoPhillips sites that I have access to use solar panels for battery charging. Or I should say all the sites lacking an electric distribution power source.

          1. I assumed that Marathon was using windturbines in addition to solar panels“…

            Well butasha Marathon does use (or at least used to when I did some work for them) a combo of windmills & panels in certain areas…

            That particular part of Texas (located about 60 miles north of where I grew up) even for all its hot, sunny days doesn’t usually have near enough wind to push more that a shallow water well windmill as a rule…

            The two places that I personally saw Marathon using windmill/panels combo was in the Gulf of Mexico and off the the coast of Equatorial Guinea…

        2. juandos

          Your such a buzzkill! :)

          1. Your such a buzzkill! :) “…

            Yeah ron h, I’m not big on the green energy thingie…

          2. Yeah ron h, I’m not big on the green energy
            thingie…

            But how can I ridicule windmills if you correctly point out that it’s not a windmill?

          3. ronI’m not Don Quixote h says: “But how can I ridicule windmills if you correctly point out that it’s not a windmill?“…

            Oops! My bad…

            Let the Brits do it for you

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