Faster and Easier Deployment

Shipping containers offer the oil and gas industry a superior solution for modular control rooms and sheltering the remote terminal units (RTUs). Skid-mounted instrument buildings can easily cost over $20,000, but minimalist shelters without walls just don’t offer enough protection against weather. Modified shipping container RTU enclosures cost thousands of dollars less than skid-mounted buildings, deploy in weeks instead of months, and lower maintenance expenses—all while offering superior protection.

Better Functionality at a Lower Cost


Energy Transfer, the operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline (ETCOP), currently uses 317 10-foot shipping container equipment enclosures from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast. Each remotely placed enclosure houses sensitive pipeline monitoring equipment accessed only once per month. 

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Containerized RTU units and controls rooms met or exceeded key criteria.

  • Water-tightness. Special modifications ensure a shipping container enclosure won’t leak, even when hosed down. Units are also rodent-resistant.
  • Conduit ports. Innovative designs in our bulkheads removes guesswork during fabrication and prevents installation delays caused by fluctuating measurements.
  • Climate control. Falcon Structures installs industrial grade HVAC systems in steel-framed openings. We also insulate enclosures to your specs.
  • Electrical power and lighting. Modified shipping container units are plug and play. Lighting and wiring come pre-installed.
  • Roof loads. Our shipping container RTU enclosures have stood through two snowy winters. Special roof reinforcements ensure enclosure roofs maintain structural integrity in even the snowiest winters.
  • Wind resistance. Shipping container walls easily resist wind loads in excess of 100 mph.
  • Floor loads. Shipping container floors are rated to handle 299 lb per square-foot.
  • Security. Corten steel walls and heavy-duty personnel doors prevent malicious tampering. 

Why switch from skid-mounted instrument buildings and control rooms to container enclosures?

Energy Transfer had previously used steel skid-mounted instrument buildings to protect their remote terminal units (RTUs). While skid-mounted buildings were effective, shipping container enclosures offered the same or better functionality at a lower cost with faster deployment.

Modified shipping container RTU enclosures offered benefits including:

  • Cost: In addition to a lower upfront cost, superior equipment protection lowers maintenance costs.
  • Speed of deployment: Falcon Structures can deliver a completed RTU enclosure just six weeks after the initial order. Our speed increases with order size. We delivered ten units in just eight weeks when Energy Transfer ordered in bulk.
  • Modularity: Energy Transfer keeps spare shipping container RTU enclosures on stand-by should they need a fast replacement.
  • Skipping the skid. Shipping containers come with built-in forklift pockets for easy relocation. When conditions permit, containers can be placed directly on the ground without a concrete pad.
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