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I’m Back and Going to Start Posting Regularly Again

January 3, 2011

ENI - Polar Bear Hi everyone, I’m back. As many of you already know, I was presented with a unique opportunity to go to the North Slope of Alaska for some industrial electrical work. It was grueling, but fun. I met a lot of great people and made some awesome, new friends for life.

While up there, we worked 7 days a week and 12 hours per day. This took a lot to get used to. The pay was incredible and the job was like nothing that I’ve ever done before. It was industrial electrical work in the petro-chemical industry. While I’ve worked on lots of industrial projects before, none were like this project. I got to work with a new type of cable; MCHL. They use this stuff up there because of the extreme temperatures. I believe that MCHL cable is rated to be used in temperatures up to -50C. Thankfully, I didn’t see these temperatures, but I did get to see -20F in September.

I’m used to working on projects where production is the first concern, then aesthetics and finally safety. However, up there safety was their main concern, then aesthetics and finally production. This took a lot of getting used to as well. Overall it was a great experience and I will do it again if the opportunity presents itself.

The project was in the middle of nowhere and we were surrounded on three side by the Arctic ocean. I got to see snow in September and experience temperatures of -20F then as well. While this isn’t much different than Montana, it’s rare that we get snow in September and I’ve never seen it drop below zero in September either. We also got to see a whale in the ocean. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of that, but I did get a picture of a polar bear. Click on the image above to enlarge it. We also saw several foxes.

Here are a few pictures of the jobsite. Click on the images to enlarge them.

ENI - east view    ENI - horseshoe
ENI - north view    ENI - south view

So, the regular posting schedule is going to be:
Mondays – Answers to electrical questions
Tuesdays – Recalls
Wednesdays – “How to” project
Thursdays – Electrical product or service review
Fridays – Answers to electrical questions
Saturdays – Blog roundup and giveaways
Sundays – No post

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