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Understanding Limited And Restricted Access Drilling Locations

Drilling projects are typically fairly significant undertakings. These projects require extensive planning, site surveys, and equipment negotiation. However, what happens when your drilling project poses new levels of complications? From limited access drilling to restricted access worksites, it's important that you are prepared for the unexpected and the challenging. Here's a look at some of the things you should know about dealing with drilling challenges.

What Is A Limited Access Drilling Site?

The term "limited access" is used to refer to a drilling site that is easy enough to get to, but the structure or specific location on the site requires special equipment. In most cases, the tools, equipment, and resources used are limited due to a small footprint in the location, narrow alleyways, or similar difficult environments. 

The site itself, on the other hand, poses no challenges in terms of access. You should be able to easily get to the location through traditional roadway infrastructure or other means. All you need to worry about in the planning of these locations is the special considerations associated with the actual drilling site.

Smaller, specialized drilling equipment will typically be necessary to complete these projects, though you can transport them with any equipment necessary since access to the location isn't an issue.

What Is A Restricted Access Drilling Site?

Typically, a drilling site is deemed as restricted access when you cannot get to the location through traditional means. This usually refers to locations that are in undeveloped locations without roadway access or other easy means to get to the location.

You'll have to plan for special track equipment or something similar when you are planning a project in a restricted access site, but you should be able to use traditional drilling equipment with no concerns about confined spaces or needing smaller machinery. 

Sometimes, it also means having to plan for generators and other necessary infrastructure because there may not be access to things like this near the work environment. Make sure that you consider all of these factors when you're planning out your drilling approach.

Why Does It Matter Which Designation Fits The Site?

When you start planning for a drilling site, it's essential that you know if the location is going to be restricted access or a limited access drilling site. As you can see, the two designations, though they sound similar, are very different. Planning for one only to discover that you are working in another can set your progress back days or weeks in some cases.

Talk with the planners, the property owner, and anyone else involved. Whenever possible, ask to see and tour the location before you plan the drilling project. If you need special equipment for a limited access location, reach out to a limited access drilling specialist near you. They can help you with the materials you will need.