How is Life on an Oil Rig?

Oil and gas reserves are often found in variety of locations like deep sea, forests and deserts. Reserves explored or produced on sea are considered as offshore locations while the same on land are called as onshore location.
Even most of the people are not even aware what is offshore exactly?  How will be life in offshore? Some feel lucky to work there while some found it’s hard. There are pros and cons working on an offshore platform. It’s totally different work culture and overall working in offshore is challenging, rewarding, thrilling and exciting.
This article mainly focuses on life at offshore platform.

Reaching Location:
Depending of distance from coast one can reach offshore locations either by means of choppers or Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV). Traveling by chopper is the common means of transportation on daily basis.
To travel by air it is mandatory to carry out Helicopter underwater Escape training (HUET) for offshore going personal. This training provides life saving techniques (wearing life jacket, safety aids, distress altering systems etc) in case of emergency during chopper journey a safety briefing video is shown before boarding helicopter.

Landing on Offshore location:HUET Certification
SAFETY FIRST once landed on offshore installation Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) will guide to get out of chopper and rig safety officer will give induction on the day of arrival about the life saving apparatus on board and escape routes on board. He will conduct safety drills on regular basis one has to participate on drills for sure.

 

Accommodation & Food:
Space is a big constraint in most offshore oil and gas installations so it’s mandatory to share accommodation with your colleague a bit like the room with double or four beds.  Each room will have its own wash room and toilet facility.
Living quarters on oil rig

 

Galley is a synonym for kitchen, dining area and each installation have self-service canteen or catering system with wide variety of food cooked and served four times a day. For this a team of cooking and serving staff are present on board to prepare meals and take care of daily needs of working personal. Food boxes on weekly basis are delivered by OSV’s.

 

 

On-Off Pattern & Working hours:
Duty pattern are as follow: 14-14 or 21-14 or 28-28 i.e. one has to work 14 days in offshore before he goes home for 14 days. This pattern mainly depends on the organization in which the person is employed.Shift work on oil rig
Every job is different and everyone have own responsibities 12 hours a day is the minimum working time either it may be night or it may be in morning. Generally shift starts from 12 Noon to 12 midnight. The workload is always high and the job itself is very challenging. One should be physically and mentally fit this is reason why contractors give a lot of  importance to physical and mental condition of crew and they are make sure that the new employees are fit in those conditions.

 

 

Communication & Recreation:
Communication is a  very important aspect to be in touch with outside world and family.  For safety reasons, use of mobile phones is not allowed even staying far from the shore there won’t be any network providers to connect with you. However, there are calling cards and internet facilities on platforms which you can access during off duty hours.
After working several hours per day, most of the personnel will try to go bed rather looking for entertainment but there are shared TV, ZYM, Indoor game stations available.

Smoking and health care:
Smoking offshore is allowed only in designated areas but you are not allowed to carry any source of ignition. Matches for lighting cigarettes are provided in the smoking areas. Alcohol, weapons and non-prescribed drugs are completely banned on all offshore oil and gas installations.
Every rig has a medical station with basic treatment facility. After, arrival a medic will ask you to fill up form to know about your health conditions.

Benefits and cons of oil rig jobs




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