Offshore Oil Rigs and Platforms

Offshore oil rigs and platforms are enormous structures set up in the middle of oceans and lakes to drill beneath the earth's surface for crude oil. Ask questions about rigs and platforms — some of the largest movable man-made structures in the world — in this category.

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What is tripping pipe on an oil rig?

The term "tripping the well" got it's start most likely as a reference to the "round trip" made by the drill bit. The first leg of the trip is coming out of the hole, by lifting the entire drill string and unscrewing the upper most drill pipe called a joint, the newly removed drill pipe is laid beside the rig and the drill string is lifted again, etc. until all drill pipe is out of the hole. After service work is performed, for example change to fresh drill bit, then the second leg of the trip is to reverse the process, lowering the drill string as each new joint is made until fully back in the hole with the bit on bottom. You can find a lot of interesting videos on offshore rigs, jobs, etc here:

I left the previous answer in place:

When drill pipe is lowered or put into the well in the well, it is called running in or is tripping into the well. When drill pipe is raised or pull out of the well, it is call running out or tripping out of the well.

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Is the offshore oil rig work tax free?

Generally no.

If you are a US citizen, you are obligated to pay US tax whether you work on US land, US water or outside the US. If you must also must pay foreign income tax, generally you are able to deduct this amount from your US tax.

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What are tongs used for on an oil rig?

making and or serving dinner, just like anywhere else

That was a pretty inane answer. Tongs are the very large tools used on a derrick to tighten and loosen the drill pipes and collars etc . They are usually manipulated by the roustabouts during pipe changes or additions. Imagine a pair of grips that are at least 5 feet long and are tensioned by a winch operated by the driller on an oil rig "floor" . Most times a chain is used to do the initial tightening of the pipe joint but Tongs are needed for the final pinch up torques need to keep the keep the joint toght.

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What qualifications do you need to work on an oil rig?

The range of jobs on oil rigs, skilled and professional, are vast.

I would say that mechanical, electrical or engineering types of certificates, diplomas and degrees justify most positions on oil rigs. These would cover jobs such as: Supervisors, managers, mechanical and electrical engineers, drillers, tool-pushers and roughnecks, fitters, welders and boilermakers, mechanical maintenance personnel, riggers, diesel mechanics, rig mechanics, compressor technicians, crane operators, etc. There are also roustabouts or deckhands which are usually skilled or semiskilled personnel and function as cleaners, assistants and general tasks on a rig.

Qualifications in Oil and Petrochemical areas account for many positions on an oil rig for operators and subsurface engineers. Geological qualifications also account for some oil rig positions like mud engineers and mud loggers. As safety and environmental protection is a huge responsibility on oil rigs, qualifications in that area could get you a job on an oil rig. Deep water scuba divers are also employed by oil rigs, although this career is not advised for too many years as it takes its toll on the human body. Doctors and paramedics are important and can be found on any large rig. If its a small manned platform, the doctor will only be a short trip away by boat. Personnel with IT diplomas are found on rigs too.

There are also the chefs and cooking and catering type certification is required. Cleaners that keep the living quarters, offices, galley and bathrooms clean, wash the washing, empty and sort garbage also make up an important part of the rig personnel. Without them, no one would want to work there.

Oil rigs mostly seek personnel already experienced in offshore work or trained specifically for offshore operations. The reason for this is because of the busy and schedule and hazardous environment on rigs. It makes it hard to look after inexperienced people, but this is not always the case. You have to start somewhere.. Experience is crucial though. Needless to say, oil companies are extremely good at QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety, Environment) management and incident prevention these days.

If you are interested in working in an oil rig and want to know the qualifications needed to do so, there are some to factor in. Depending on the type of job, you may need a college degree. Some labor jobs you do not need any kind of skills and can be trained.

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India
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List of oil fields found in India?

RAJASTHAN....

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How do you write a declaration on resume?

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How old do you have to be to work on a oil rig in the UK?

18

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What is an ERP and how is it useful to any company when implemented?

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Short for Enterprise Resource Planning software. ERP software aids and controls the ERP management system, which is a system that integrates and automates all facets of business operations. This includes planning, manufacturing, and sales, while more recent ERP software products encompass marketing, inventory control, order tracking, customer service, finance and human resources as well.


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ERP - Enterprise resource planning is a company-wide computer software system used to manage and coordinate all the resources, information, and functions of a business from shared data stored.

It is an electronic resource planning of an enterprise. It is useful as it saves lots of time of every individual within the enterprise. It is highly safe as data is protected in a particular server. Only individuals authorized to edit and save any data within the ERP system can do it and rest cannot.

It is a fast electronic data processing program. Enterprises are benefited with it in many ways as mentioned above.
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Can you get an oil rig job if you're a felon?

That's actually up to the company you're applying for. It is their decision.

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How much do medics working on oil rigs make?

they vary the pay if an e-1 gets up to $1500 to $3500 a day it all depends on how many power busters they acomplished.

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Trinidad and Tobago
Oil Refineries
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5 natural resources in Trinidad and tobago?

petroleum, natural gas, asphalt, timber, fish

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Do oil rig platforms float?

Most oil rig platforms today do not float. The platform is usually positioned atop several pillars that extend to the bottom of the sea bed on which they are located. Newer technology however, has developed barges that contain oil drilling equipment. These newer barges do float but must rely on precise electronics to keep them positioned within a couple of feet about the drill site on the sea bed.

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What is an unskilled oil rig worker called?

All rig workers are skilled to some level.

Green Hands, or Green Horns are trainees.

Roustabouts, or Deck Hands/Ops, are generally the starting point in a career.

Rough term for oil workers is Rig Pigs.

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What is the age limit for working on oil rigs?

In the UAE, Dubai, Sharjah The Emirates, the upper age limit is 45!

Saudi Arabia is restricting newhires to a age of 55?

Algeria age limit in the oilfield is 60?

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Oil Wells and Fields
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How deep can you offshore drill for oil?

Deepest vertical well = 35,050ftTVD and 35,055ftMD, operating in 4,130 feet of water.

Longest extended reach well = 40,320ftMD with a 35,770ft horizontal section.

Deepest working water depth = 10,011ft.

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How much will it cost to replace the deepwater horizon oil rig?

With a floating oil rig as sophisticated and advanced as the Deepwater Horizon (even though having been built in 2001 for a cost of $350 million), it would be in the estimate of $700 million upwards. It all depends on the task of the rig pertaining to the depth to be drilled, the composite of the area to be drilled, and the various equipment supplied on the rig.

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Where do people sleep on an offshore oil rig?

They sleep on the orange floatie thingys

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How much money does an oil rig worker earn?

It depends on what part of the the country you are in.

On the north slope of Alaska wages tend to be higher.

I currently work in Alaska and my wage as a floor-hand/roughneck is $31.00 an hour, plus OT and safety bonus.

A typical 2 week hitch will bring in close to $5,500 per month net.

Land rigs:

I can only answer for what roughnecks make in the US, on land rigs. Salary goes from $8.00 for roustabouts up to twice that for some companies. A driller, who has years of experience may make $7,000 for two weeks (14 straight days work) of 12 hour shifts, and a roughneck on the rig crew can expect to make from $12 to $35 per hour plus overtime. Overtime is a big part of pay.

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What job does a mechanical engineer get on an oil rig?

mechanical engineering.

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Oil Spills
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Are there any oil rig schools in Louisiana?

Yes, there are many oil field related schools, colleges and training programs available in the state of Louisiana. It is not permitted to post company addresses and telephone numbers here but you can locate them by doing a browser search.

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India
Offshore Oil Rigs and Platforms

What is the importance of Bombay High?

The offshore oilfield off the coast of Mumbai, India called Bombay High is important because it harvests oil for the needs of the people and contributes to the economy of India.

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Washington Nationals
Explorers and Expeditions
US Navy History and Traditions
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What are the names of Acta's crew?

The first base coach of the Washington Nationals in Jerry Morales, the third base coach is Tim Tolman, the bench coach is Pat Corrales, the hitting coach is Lenny Harris, the bullpen coach is Rick Aponte, and the pitching coach is Randy St. Claire. Click on the '2007 Washington Nationals Roster' link on this page to view the players on the Nats 40 man roster.

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Beer and Brewing
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Which American brands are owned by foreign companies or made in foreign countries?

Nintendo.

Sony.

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Chemistry
Herbal Medicine
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How do you get the citronella oil from lemongrass extract?

well..you may use steam distillation. the oil comes from the leaves.

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How are coal and oil formed?

Coal is formed in peat bogs that get buried and layered over by other rock (usually sedimentary rock). Add some heat and pressure and voila, a few million years later you get coal. This is pretty certain since caol can get followed all the way from rotting plants in peat bogs to antracite and beyond. All of it burns and has remains or fossils of the plant life (and sometimes creatures)within it. Oil (and natural gas) is is a bit more difficult to explain. Although the same biological are sure to account for most of it, there are some puzzles that point to a non-biological origin for at least some of it. For example, you can extract helium from only a few wells, and no animal or plant seems responsible for it. Look up Thomas Gold's paper on the abiotic origins of oil: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Gold

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