A Cold Week In The Bakken

The temperature got down to -26 F in some parts of the Bakken last week. Like everything else, you get used to it. Now that it has warmed up to the twenties it feels quite balmy.

People ask if weather ever shuts down oilfield operations. Usually weather doesn’t stop anything for more than at few hours. Blizzards and extremely high winds are the most common causes for a rig shutdown, but I’ve only seen it happen twice in the last year.

The cold does slow things down considerably, as equipment parts become brittle, diesel gels, and oil gets cold.

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