Fecon products are used frequently in the oil and gas industry for clearing vegetation for exploration and infrastructure, and for seismic exploration.
High production is achieved for the pipline with high horsepower track and wheeled carriers equipped with mulchers, stump grinders, and milling heads to handle vegetation including trees, brush, stumps, and roots. Chippers are used in the reduction of trees harvested with feller bunchers or excavators. The Log Jaw is used to facilitate processing of larger-diameter wood in chippers and grinders. Compact track loaders with mulchers are used to clear narrow lanes ahead of drills used to prepare blast holes for seismic exploration. UTV’s are used for carrying explosives for seismic exploration, and for a variety of uses such as transporting materials, mobilizing service equipment for mechanics, fueling of equipment, and more.
Land clearing work in the oil and gas industry is varied in scope and size. Terrain, density of the vegetation, soil stability, moisture, species to be treated, climate, environmental concerns and obstacles to work around are some of the considerations when choosing the right machine for the application.
Clearing the land, for exploration leases, storage sites, or pipelines can present challenges. The successful land-clearing contractor will usually approach the job with a variety of units including tracked or wheeled mulching machines, excavator mulchers and skid steer tractors equipped with mulching attachments as well as other tools to handle the many tasks found on the average land-clearing site.
Commercial or large acreage jobs could require the high production capabilities of the more powerful tracked or wheeled mulching tractors of 250-600HP. For wet or swampy conditions low ground pressure mulching tractors would fit the bill. These tractors are used by successful high production land-clearing contractors in a variety of climates and in extreme ground conditions.
Maintaining right-of-way for roads, highways, power lines, communication lines in the oil and gas industry has its own share of challenges. The demands of the job, the difficulty of the terrain, finish, and maintenance requirements will determine the equipment selected for the job. In right-of-way work, maintaining safe traffic flow is a consideration not often found in other types of land clearing jobs.
For these reasons, machinery selection for right-of-way jobs can be varied. Compact tractors with mulching heads can do fence line work, detail work, and can handle even down to the heavier grasses found on right-of-way property. For thinning work, tree shear attachments may offer the best solution; or excavator mounted mulchers can do selective cutting between the keeper trees. For large-scale projects where volume of work is the key factor, the larger tracked mulching tractors will yield both a workable finish and the acres-per-day for maximum productivity.
Selecting the compact tractor or the large mulching tractor can be determined by first looking at the type of work to be done and the type of terrain most commonly found in the area you’re working. Proper selection of attachments and undercarriage options can prove to be very profitable decisions for any type of right-of-way clearing machines.
Seismic exploration on forested land demands performance. “It’s about linear feet or kilometers per day” and requires reliability and horsepower!
In the 1.75-meter lines, a steel tracked vehicle with 100 horsepower and a narrow mulching head possesses the perfect combination of size, weight, power and cutting width. For 3.0-meter lines, tractors of 250 – 600 horsepower are the answer, typically powering mulching heads of 107” wide through dense bush and large diameter trees at impressive speeds.
Seismic exploration presents a unique and challenging set of circumstances for clearing the woody vegetation. In extreme winter conditions the 1.75 and 3.0 meter wide lines are typically cut across challenging ground conditions while taking care to avoiding environmental impact outside of the designated spaces. Contractors require tracked mulching equipment with low ground pressure characteristics, balanced stability, excellent visibility, and great tractive effort to work through snow or traverse icy slopes. Arctic winter packages are necessary to enable start-up and operation in temperatures reaching below -40 C, and durability is essential to meet the rigorous demands of this application. In other areas high ambient temperatures with wet or dry dusty conditions call for high powered wheeled or tracked carriers with extreme cooling capacity for the drivetrain and operator.