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Bed space, workers at a premium on busy North Slope

Activity and employment in Alaska’s oil and gas sector

The uptick in activity has put a premium on the available skilled work force, and equipment as well. Mike O’Connor, president of Peak Oilfield Services, said his company is lucky in being able to retain its core of skilled employees. However, certain specialties, such as crane operators, welders and the highly skilled operators of vehicles that move heavy drill rig units, are greatly in demand.

The skilled labor pinch on the Slope wasn’t so much a problem until activity got hot in Lower 48 oil and gas basins like Wyoming, Colorado, and North and South Dakota, areas that compete for the pool of skilled talent, O’Connor said.

Alaska Journal

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