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month, including building two gravel pads and
assembling office space modules for a North
Slope company. It’s also starting a landfill closure project in Utqiaġvik. “Whenever there’s
strong wind from the east, the nearby lake picks
up waves, so it’s eroding part of the landfill.
So we’re going to do some erosion abatement
around a portion of the landfill,” Smith says.
That project should be completed by
December, allowing the crew to move on to
the generator/micro turbine project.
Employees at Work
Maintaining a core group of employees who
work on a variety of projects one after another
is one practice that sets Olgoonik apart from
other oilfield service providers. “I would say
we have a core group of employees that we
‘fight’ over and move around from subsidiary
to subsidiary as the workload fits,” Smith says.
When the project calls for additional workers,
the company will bring on more people, local if
possible, and other talent from around Alaska
Nunley explains, “We’re moving toward
hiring North Slope Borough residents and,
as much as possible, shareholders for the long
MacRae adds, “Our goal is local hire
and shareholder hire. We’re one of four
communities that actually reside within Aerial view of Olgoonik’s thirty-man sleigh camp onsite in the foothills of the Brooks Range, 120 miles
from the road system.
Olgoonik’s ski-mounted workover rig on a well
One of Olgoonik’s Case Steigers prepares to
mobilize a cement batch mixer to remote NPR-A
from Deadhorse, an overland haul of 150 miles.
Olgoonik well team checks a choke manifold on
a well in Utqiaġvik.
Olgoonik team member Amanda Baxter in