Next Desert Job- where it’s hot
As you can see from my GPS tracker, I am back in the desert, north east South Australia for my Next Desert Job- where it’s hot! [BTW, proud that the tracker and GPSResults works!]
Today, standing around outside it was over 44°C, the ambient ground temperature was 55°C, and well, yep, metal railings were measured as 70°C…
People up here really have to be aware of stressing out, it’s recommended to drink half a litre an hour if working in the desert environment.
So far, I am looking good, nice office, nice room and nice eating area- the smoko/meals room is like a motel kitchenette! Your local wellsite geo is having it good. Internet and telephone. A satellite TV in my room. Beats being the mudlogger on site by a fair bit, and from a few decades ago- I.E. shared bunk room, CB radio, telex and fax…
The initial 24hr workload was hectic- we arrived at sundown, site inductions and meal first off. They had spudded (started) the well before I got here, the line up of samples was ‘hellish’, but only surface stuff caught up with way past midnight. The Geo’s office stunk like dead fish, the office trash can had —something— in it, and after a week in the heat, as mentioned above- had left a pong you would not believe- but/and I am the only one noticing it! Argh, such is life. The can of Glen20 air freshener is getting quite a workout, even after five days.
The next stage meant I had a few days “off”. Catching up, editing, getting it together etc. resting from the heat. One day- taxi-ing people around- one guy back to the airport as he had stuff going on at home overseas. There went nearly four hours. Then at dinner time later, a run to fetch a water truck driver- his prime mover was bogged in bulldust to the axles! He was fine but cross with himself-.
Looking forward to the next hole section. Hoping that the geology will be easy-probably not, and that the Oilpatch Xmas meal will not be remembered for excess! And maybe that this Next Desert Job- where it’s hot, might finish early enough if drilled and logged in time to get Nu Yr off, fingers crossed etc etc etc….. nah, not this time, ah well, another Xmas in the desert, where it is danged hot!