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Oilfield Construction Requires An Attention To Detail

by Erik Evans

To say that an oilfield is complex would be a bit of an understatement. Therefore, it should also come as no surprise that constructing this type of facility is an equally complex process. From function to safety, there are a number of steps that must be taken beforehand to ensure the facility is constructed correctly.

Operational Hazards

The goal of an oilfield is not only to extract oil from below the earth's surface. The goal is also to perform this process without causing any undue hazards to the environment that surrounds the facility. As the owner of such a facility, you must do your due diligence, and this process should begin with a study of any operational or environmental hazards the facility might create. 

It's best to examine every phase of the operation, from the drilling process to the transport of oil from the site. Commonly, the construction company you have partnered with will work with you to order an environmental study for the planned site.

Early Planning

All large-scale construction projects require a certain level of permitting from local officials. However, given the risk of potential hazards for the local population and environment around one of these sites, constructing an oilfield comes with increased regulatory standards. While the guidelines and terms can differ from area to area, before construction can begin, you will typically need to submit a copy of the environmental report you had performed so that you can obtain an environmental permit. 

The process will generally be followed with a permit of ownership to prove that you own the land on which you plan to extract the oil and a mapping permit, which is intended to highlight the zone in which the construction process will take place. The aforementioned are just a small part of the permitting process, so it's best to begin the process as early as possible. 

Hidden Costs

The oil that is extracted from the ground doesn't do anyone any good if it is not routed to facilities where it can be processed and made available for consumption. Since oilfield sites are common in less-populated areas, factor extra money into the budget for infrastructure. 

You will need to have roadways for the trucks to travel back and forth both safely and efficiently, and if this type of infrastructure is not available at the site, you will need to create it. Work closely with the construction company's design team for this step, as the team of professionals will help create an infrastructure plan that is accommodating and accessible for the entire site. 

Again, the construction of an oilfield is an intricate operation that should not be left in the hands of just anyone. Ideally, you should ensure that you speak directly with a construction company that has experience in the area of oilfield operations for the best possible outcome. 

To learn more, contact an oilfield construction contractor in your area.