This week the Energy Workforce & Technology Council published “The Stability of Well Service Unit Mast,” an in-depth look at well service rig stabilization, which examines the safety and utilization of base beam rig operations and associated best practices. Compiled by the industry experts represented on the EWTC Well Servicing Committee, the report will serve as the industry standard for rig stabilization operations.



  • Base beams are an established form of well service rig stabilization used for over 20 years and are currently used in most US oil and gas well serving operations.
  • Well service rig crews are trained extensively in the use of base beams and thoroughly understand how to operate a well service rig that utilizes base beams safely
  • Base beams are designed for use as well service rig stabilization and are intended to be utilized in this capacity
  • Equipment manufacturers design and engineer their rigs and masts for safe, efficient, and economical operation when guyed to base beams
  • Engineers design base beams and perform rigorous analysis to confirm the capacity and stability of service rigs when guyed to base beams
  • Base beams are the safest option for well service rig stabilization in areas where ground anchors cannot be used in circumstances like:
    • Rigs located in shallow soil conditions, rugged or swampy topography, permafrost, shallow bedrock
    • Multi-well pads
    • Urban operations or limited size locations
    • Ground stabilization may be affected by the natural environment