Housing & Storage Solutions for Oil & Gas Drill Sites

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May 1, 2019
Housing & Storage Solutions for Oil & Gas Drill Sites

As if fierce business competition weren’t enough, the oil and gas industry faces unique challenges that complicate everyday operations and erode productivity. These challenges stem from the fact that some of the country’s most promising basins are plotted in remote locations that feature extreme weather and are isolated from infrastructure.

Because these locations are typically far from hotels, office parks, restaurants and recreational areas, companies must supply extensive accommodations for their workers. Remote job sites also pose significant security risks. Equipment theft and vandalism are fairly common – and very costly.

Many companies have turned to repurposed shipping containers to solve these pressing challenges. Drill sites and production sites are putting these portable and customizable structures to work as living, working, equipment housing, and storage solutions because they’re durable, portable, safe and cost-effective. The durable design coupled with insulation and temperature control systems make containers suitable for a range of climates, including North American shale plays, oil plays, and coal-bed fields.

There are several unique features that make repurposed shipping containers the right choice for a variety of oil and gas storage and housing:


Steel shipping containers are wind- and water-tight and built to withstand open-ocean travel—including extreme gusts and downpours. This means your drill site and production site are secure, whether the crew is working in Williston or Fort Worth Basin. Energy employers that need to staff remote job sites use steel structures because they offer maximum protection against vandalism and theft.


Shipping container units are easily transportable by truck. They can be set up and relocated over and over without compromising their structural integrity.

Oilfield storage being trucked out

Cost-effective operations

Shipping container housing rarely requires a concrete slab or an in-ground foundation, making the housing of temporary crews and job site assets very economical.

Environmental regulations

Oil and gas companies have a responsibility—often a legally mandated one—to clean up their drill sites after they complete their project. Unlike stick-built structures, shipping container housing and storage can be picked up and relocated to the next site. There’s no need to call in a demolition crew and pack up the waste.

Crew morale

People are the lifeblood of your organization and when they’re comfortable, both morale and productivity are improved. Modified shipping container housing can be easily outfitted with home-like amenities including kitchenettes and hot showers.

Interior of kitchenette in oil & gas housing unit.

Concept for oil and gas housing unit.

Between the fierce weather conditions and the threat of vandalism and theft, companies engaged in drilling and production need rugged structures. Best-in-class organizations have found the most robust, cost-effective solutions to be modified shipping containers, outfitted to satisfy a variety of specific needs.

Learn more about gas and oil storage and housing solutions by downloading 7 Reasons Oil and Gas Companies Use Steel Shipping Containers.

7 Reasons the Oil and Gas Industry Uses Steel Shipping Containers

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