Sometime during the day on Friday they lowered the rig to the ground so our skyline is changing. No more "lights in the sky" although there is still the normal glow of all the ground lights the night crew uses.
Friday night was a slow night which has been a rare occurrence on our gate. I did not have any vehicles between midnight and 5am and got some quality sack time in the hide-a-bed :-).
Saturday morning started as a typical day with a couple of the commuting workers arriving. Then the flood gates opened and semi trucks started arriving towing low boy trailers. The rig move was on!
I quickly filled a page of arriving trucks and personal involved in loading and moving the drilling rig. At one point Rudee, still in her pajamas, poked her nose out the door to see what all the noise was about :-). I'm glad I got all that rest, I needed it for this flurry of activity!
The trucks were loaded and started exiting the gate late in the morning. They would make several trips in and out today. Here is the main control room of Nabors 768 heading out.
The trucks returned again late in the day and all the drivers left in pick up trucks. The crew will load the last pieces of the rigs tonight and the drivers will return to take the last of the rig away in the morning.
We did get some good information. We can stay put here for at least another month. Fracking is supposed to start right away with equipment moving in as early as Monday. Should be a busy week next week but then will slow down significantly once the fracking is done. Gives us something to look forward to :-). This should work out very well for our time table and we are grateful for that.
The downside to the fracking crew arriving on Monday is they are predicting a 60% chance of rain :-O! The rest of the week is supposed to be dry with sunshine so maybe whatever gets wet will dry quickly. We are keeping our fingers crossed because you know how we just love the caliche' mud!! I'll keep you posted.