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Drilling Rigs Versus Service Rigs

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Drilling rigs and service rigs each have a distinct place in the exploration and production of oil and gas. 

An oil and gas company contracts a drilling rig to explore new areas. 

They contract a service rig to turn an exploratory well into a producing well.

When you see a rig on the horizon, you might have a hard time distinguishing between the two, but the crews who run rig equipment will tell you: the two work environments are very distinct.  

Drilling RigsService Rigs
- are larger than service rigs.  (Some drilling rigs have masts that can hold 3000 feet of pipe above ground.)  When working on very deep wells, a drilling rig can be on the same location for months.- are smaller than drilling rigs and are mobile.  Service rigs will move often (sometimes daily) to new jobs on different wellsites.  Each day is a different type of job, working with different oilfield service providers.
 - move across western Canada as needed by oil and gas companies.  Drilling rigs are not bound to a specific area and will often go from one province to another.- look after wells in a set area.  Service rigs will return to a wellsite many times: when it needs repairs, when the oil company wants to take it offstream (temporarily halt well production) or bring it back onstream
- run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Crews work in 12-hour shifts: a day shift and a night shift. - operate during the day. Crews work between 8- and 12-hour shifts, depending on the assigned operation. 
Crews can live anywhere.  They are responsible to arrive at the lease site for their 'hitch' (2 weeks of 12-hours shifts) which is followed by 7 days off.  Drilling rig employees don't always live in areas where there's oil and gas production.  For example, Kelowna BC has a surprising number of residents who work on drilling rigs. Crews live locally, servicing wells in a set area.  They travel together to the worksite and travel home together each night.  Employers provide transportation and crewmembers are paid an hourly travel wage.   
Crews are paid a significant hourly wage and a subsistence allowance to help cover expenses while they are away from home.
Employers cover many expenses.  Crewmembers don't need their own vehicles and transportation to the wellsite is provided.  If a crew is required to travel far enough from their home base that they can't return home at night, employers fully cover the crew's expenses. 
 Learn more about service rigs at ServiceRigDrive.ca 

 How The Career Paths Are Alike:

1. Both drilling and service rig contractors invest in their employees.  As crewmembers move to more senior crew positions, they often need industry courses to upgrade their knowledge and skill set.  Drilling and service rig employers often pay for this training and may reimburse the employee while they are in class.

 2. Both drilling and service rig contractors have structured on-the-job training.   (On service rigs, this is the Service Rig Competency Program)

3. Both drillng and service rig contractors invest in making these job sites safer.  Companies are always striving to provide their crews with the right resources and policies to ensure the work environment is a safe one.  Many of these safety initiatives are industry-wide minimum benchmarks and are implemented either through CAODC or through Enform.

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