Table Top Unit #1 well at the Christmas Meadows Prospect,
This project required a massive road building effort to access the remote well site.
One of the bridges to cross the numerous streams and fords.
The drill site being readied for the drilling rig.
The huge pit is being lined to store and contain drilling fluids.
To achieve Table Top's proposed depth, a giant conductor pipe is required to provide enough diameter to allow multiple, concentric, strings of casing.
The conductor pipe is being readied to “dry drill."
Before drilling can commence, the conductor pipe must be “dry drilled” nearly 235 feet through an enormous subsurface, boulder field. The conductor will seal off the boulder field and prevent drilling fluids from leaking off.
Christmas Meadows, and the exact spot the well will be “punched,”await the arrival of the massive drilling rig in August 2006.
The Christmas Meadows Drilling Rig.
The rig crew assembling the massive drill collars to begin drilling operations
The rig crew tightening the drill collars with the large yellow wrenches (tongs).
Steve Hollis, president of Double Eagle, under the drilling rig floor inspecting the 36” conductor pipe.
Christmas Meadows location, as seen from the drilling rig floor. In the foreground, the 20” surface casing is being readied to be placed in the well.
Several of the massive 17 ½” and 26” bits that will be used to drill the pilot hole and surface casing holes.
On location, left to right, Ray Singleton, President of Basic Earth, "Slim", our Forest Service Liaison, and Steve Hollis, President of Double Eagle. After 12 years of effort on this project, Steve has a smile that is a “mile wide.” ===============================================================