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How Steel Shipping Containers Increase Job Site Mobility

Oil & Gas
2 minute read
Feb 19, 2020
How Steel Shipping Containers Increase Job Site Mobility

Pumping oil and gas from miles beneath the surface requires millions of dollars of equipment and months of around the clock work. The remoteness of drilling sites often makes this already difficult job even more challenging. Oil and gas businesses must set-up equipment-enclosures and temporary living spaces everywhere from deep jungles to icy tundra — frequently far from the conveniences of modern infrastructure. These companies are challenged to find structures that safely house employees and equipment in secluded and harsh environments. Oil and gas companies that turn to steel shipping containers can meet the demands of their job site environments, ultimately benefiting from improved mobility and flexibility.

Consider the Bakken oil plays of North Dakota, Montana, and Saskatchewan. Energy companies drill for oil and gas in weather that ranges from 100 degree Fahrenheit summers to 0 degree Fahrenheit winters. Most housing around the Bakken oil play is temporary, but many people in the oil and gas industry report that trailers and mobile homes are simply not built for the harsh winters. Imagine coming home after a twenty-hour day, only to find that the hot water has failed. Such issues are not uncommon for oil and gas workers.

Advantages of Steel Shipping Containers

Modified Steel Shipping Container

Steel shipping container housing and offices provide the mobility of temporary housing without sacrificing functionality. Further, equipment and utilities are better protected behind 16-gauge corten steel than vinyl paneling. Right from the start, steel shipping containers reduce set-up costs. Once placed on-site by a crane or forklift, connection to utilities is fast and simple.

In addition, the protection and specially selected climate control systems of steel shipping containers lead to fewer calls for plumbers and electricians in the long term. The initial costs of steel shipping containers are already competitive with mobile homes, but containers become even more cost-effective when businesses account for the lower total cost of ownership thanks to lower operation and maintenance costs.

Mobility, flexibility, and superior protection are several advantages offered by modifying steel shipping containers. Falcon’s years of experience working with oil and gas businesses has led to custom-features, which are discussed in depth in our guide, “7 Reasons the Oil and Gas Industry Uses Modified, Steel Shipping Containers.” Download our guide to learn more about the key advantages of using steel shipping containers for oil and gas applications, including:

  • Climate-controlled storage and workspaces.
  • Resistance to snow and precipitation.
  • Strength against high winds.
  • Mobility.
  • Turn-key electrical and plumbing hook-ups.
  • Custom pass-through openings for utilities.


If you have questions about using a modified shipping container to protect your equipment or to house your employees, contact us at 877-704-0177 or Sales@FalconStructures.com. We’re happy to provide you with all the information you need.

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