Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 129

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Rig 129 in our US fleet. Currently drilling in the Barnett Shale, this rig has proven to be the king of shallow horizontal wells in an urban setting.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 129

City drillin’

Unlike Trinidad’s rigs operating in the forests of northern British Columbia, or the sandy plains of Saudi Arabia, Rig 129 finds itself right at home around bustling urban centers. Thanks to its size, weight, and unique skidding system, the rig can maneuver around smaller pads in heavily populated areas with ease.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 130
Trinidad Rig 130 (Rig 129’s “sister rig”) drilling in Arlington, Texas in 2012

Minimizing the rig’s environmental impact

Here’s how Rig 129 is doing its part in minimizing its environmental footprint:

  • Rig 129’s generators are available on demand so they’re only running at peak when required.
  • The rig can be operated off of highline power, when available, to reduce emissions and generator noise.
  • Sound walls are constructed around the rig to minimize noise pollution.
  • With a smaller location size, the rig’s footprint is less intrusive.
  • When the rig is drilling in an urban area, trees are planted around the lease.

Self-diagnostic control system

Rig 129 also boasts an automatic driller and touchscreen controls to monitor drilling parameters remotely, like weight on bit and rate of penetration.

Looking for more Trinidad rig profiles? Check out Rig 100, another rig in our US fleet, recently upgraded to drill in the Permian Basin in west Texas.

Roughneck raised with Les and Gaston Hodge

Roughneck raised with Les Hodge

With his dad working on and off the rigs since he was eight years old, Les Hodge understands what it means to be roughneck raised.

Working a 20 and 10 schedule, Hodge’s dad would fly to Alberta for 20 days of work then make the 6,000 km trip back to spend ten days at home in Savage Cove, Newfoundland. No matter how tempted he may have been to relax on his days off, his dad was always determined to make the most of his time with family. Continue reading

Meet Christopher Suitt: motorhand and military man

Christopher Suitt, childhood buddy John, Christopher’s grandpa

Being a soldier is in Christopher Suitt’s blood. Born into a long line of veterans, Suitt’s family has been in the U.S. military for close to 90 consecutive years. His grandfather served, his uncles served, and his cousins continue to serve.

We caught up with the Motorhand on Rig 446 and sergeant in the United States Army, as he finishes up his last hitch before his first overseas tour.

In this Q&A, Suitt talks about why the rigs turned out to be a perfect fit for his military background. Continue reading

Trinidad Rig 123 Pithand Bennie McFerran

5 questions with Pithand, Bennie McFerran, on the safest rig in Trinidad’s fleet

Bennie McFerran is one of the newest guys on Trinidad Rig 123, currently drilling in Reeves County, Texas. Admittedly a bit nervous to start with a new company in November of last year, McFerran’s nerves were quickly put aside when he found out the crew he was joining was coming up on eight years without a recordable incident.

“I’d heard Trinidad was a good company to work for and knew they had nice rigs, but I didn’t know how great the company was until I started. Safety records like this are something special,” said McFerran.

We caught up with the rig’s newest Pithand to find out what it’s like working on the safest rig in Trinidad’s fleet. Here’s what McFerran had to say. Continue reading

ISO 9001 2015 certification in Saudi

Gearing up for ISO 9001: 2015 certification in Saudi

From the design of our drilling rigs to the safety of our people, we take a lot of pride in the quality of our work at Trinidad – right down to the last detail.

Chris Willoughby, our Quality Management System (QMS) Manager, spends his days focused on these details. One of the ways he’s making sure this quality travels with us as we expand into new countries is ensuring Trinidad’s QMS complies with globally-recognized standards.

“Conforming with ISO 9001: 2015 standards in our Saudi Arabia division is huge for us,” said Willoughby. “Not only does it give Trinidad a competitive edge in the Middle East, but it helps keep up the operational excellence Trinidad is known for in North America.”

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Part two: what do MacGyver, drilling rigs and a little luck have in common?

Two weeks ago, we learned about Adrian Lachance’s oil patch genealogy and the time he tried his luck at acting. This week, we’ll explain Lachance’s status as a MacGyver of sorts in the drilling business and describe how Trinidad’s Chief Operating Officer got to where he is today.

For those of you who have worked on a Bear Drilling rig or are part of Trinidad’s Candrill 1,500 fan club, this blog’s for you. Continue reading

Trinidad Rig 57

Behind the scenes of a Trinidad rig move: Rig 57 heads south

If you’ve been following us on social media, you know our team’s been busy moving one of our Canadian rigs to Midland, Texas. Selected by the customer to make the 3,500 km (2,175 mile) trek because of its unique pad drilling capabilities, Rig 57 just made its debut in the Permian Basin. According to Baker Hughes, it joins half of the active oil rigs in the United States in this play.

Mega pad monster

The 1,500 HP Triple’s moving system is what really sets it apart from other rigs in west Texas. With advanced moving systems on both the center section (the derrick and substructure) and compound, Rig 57 can walk from well-to-well with flexibility and ease. Continue reading

Bear Drilling Rig 5

Part one: what do MacGyver, drilling rigs and a little luck have in common?

This is the first of two blog posts with Trinidad’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Adrian Lachance.

You name it, this guy’s done it. From auditioning for the hit TV series MacGyver in the 1980s, to starting two successful businesses, Red Deer, Alberta native and Trinidad’s COO has a story that’s sure to surprise you.

Known today for his passionate demeanor, extensive industry knowledge, and experience with technical drilling, Lachance has been instrumental to Trinidad’s success over the years. A visionary at heart, not even he could have predicted the road that got him to where he is today. Continue reading

Inside Trinidad’s safety toolbox: exploring the Reliability Triangle

This week on the blog, we’re exploring one of the tools in Trinidad’s safety toolbox: the reliability triangle.

Used to promote a proactive approach to prevent incidents on Trinidad’s drilling rigs, the triangle was designed on the knowledge that 97% of safety incidents are caused by at-risk behaviours and conditions.

Trinidad’s Safety Reliability Triangle

Trinidad Drilling Safety Reliability Triangle

Taking care of each other at Trinidad

By promoting our proactive safety culture, Trinidad reached its lowest company-wide TRIR in history, meaning more of our rig hands went home safely in 2016 than ever before.

If you’re interested in joining a rig with an amazing safety record, check out the careers section on our website for opportunities to apply.

Trinidad’s got grit: looking back on 2016

Grit /grit/: noun: courage and resolve; strength of character.

synonyms: courage, bravery, pluck, mettle, backbone, spirit, strength of character, strength of will, moral fiber, steel, nerve, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, resolve, resolution, determination, tenacity, perseverance, endurance

Despite the industry’s challenges in 2016, we dug in and demonstrated our grit. We just have that way about us. Our team was tested but continued moving forward, because no matter what, our people are dedicated to operational, safety and financial performance, and our equipment is designed to perform for our customers.

Read on as we celebrate the year past and join us in looking forward to the year ahead.

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