safety myths

Guest post: Busting safety myths on the rigs

Every Trinidad employee deserves to go home safe. Even the most “minor” safety incident is one incident too many – that’s why we do everything we can to continue building our safety culture, including busting safety myths.

There are a lot of safety myths out there – and we’ve heard them all. One of the best ways to improve safety is to make decisions based on the data and facts, not myths.

To help us sort fact from fiction, we talked to Derek Hibbard, Trinidad’s General Manager, Global HSE. Keep reading to get Derek’s take on seven of the biggest safety myths.

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Trinidad’s President and CEO answers your questions about our merger with Precision Drilling

The views expressed in this blog are the personal views of Trinidad’s President and CEO, Brent Conway, and do not constitute legal or financial advice to any person.  Readers are advised to consult their own professional advisors before making any investment decision.

Brent ConwayOn Friday, October 5, Trinidad agreed to merge with Precision Drilling, creating an industry-leading contract driller. Both companies’ board of directors have agreed to the merger and recommend shareholders vote in favour. The merger is expected to be finalized later this year, following approval from our shareholders and certain regulators.

This merger comes on the heels of a hostile take-over bid submitted by Ensign, which Trinidad’s board recommends shareholders reject. Given that the Precision offer is higher than Ensign’s, this deal is better value for our shareholders – but it also better aligns with our company’s values, culture and vision.

Of course, with all these changes come a lot of questions. We’ve gathered some of the most common questions we’ve received since the announcement and passed them along to Brent Conway, our President and CEO. Keep reading to get answers from the CEO himself. Continue reading

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What is an AC rig?

If you’ve followed along on our blog and social media channels, you’re probably familiar with AC rigs by now – after all, we’re pretty proud of our fleet. But what exactly are they?

Wayne Kuzio, Canadian Senior Field Superintendent here at Trinidad, and the Canadian rig managers worked together to provide us with the details.

Craig Barker, a Relief Rig Manager from rig 56, put it very clearly: “Control…it is all about control.” So what does that mean to the rest of us?

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Guest post: Building a safety culture is no easy job in these unusual times

Trinidad Drilling General Manager of Global HSE Derek Hibbard
Derek Hibbard, General Manager, Global HSE

The last 18 months have been hectic. Coming off the worst recession in our history and trying to rebuild on the fly has definitely posed some challenges.

We have had to simultaneously juggle rig upgrades, address personnel, service shortages, and train hundreds of new Trinidad hands while doing everything we can to keep our best people from pursuing other opportunities in the industry. At the end of the day, none of this is new, just the latest iteration of the madness that reflects the cyclical nature of our business.

So the challenge is, and will continue to be, how do we develop and maintain a world-class safety culture amidst all of the chaos and continual noise?

The keys really are engagement and empowerment. Continue reading

What it’s really like working as a Floorhand

Is being a floorhand hardSomeone recently typed “Is being a floorhand hard?” into the search bar on our blog.

Here to provide his take on what it’s like working as a Floorhand, we introduce you to five-year Trinidad veteran, James Hofer.

Okay, so James has already worked his way up to a Motorhand gig on Rig 60, but while he waits for his home rig to finish its 1,000-day inspection, he’s filling in on others in our Canadian fleet.

Right now, he’s working as a Floorhand helping out the team on Rig 32, currently drilling near Swan Hills, Alberta. Continue reading

3 reasons why ‘going international’ was this Rig Manager’s best career move

Since he started with Trinidad 13 years ago, Ben Kiemele has worked on our rigs in Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 601
Rig Manager Ben Kiemele in Bahrain

For a guy who had never traveled outside of Canada or been on an airplane prior to his first hitch in Mexico in 2008, he was quick to take to the international drilling scene.

“Going international was the best career move I’ve made,” said Ben, who is currently a Senior Rig Manager in charge of Rig 601 in Bahrain.

“It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s definitely been worth it.” Continue reading

Tips on running a cost-effective rig

Trinidad Drilling Rig 428
Trinidad Rig 428 drilling near Lampman, Saskatchewan

Rig Manager Julien Bourassa runs a consistently cost-effective operation on Rig 428 in southeastern Saskatchewan. His telescopic double often tops not only our Canadian charts for low-cost operations, but our global ones, too.

Sure, factors like the type of wells you drill, and what kind of mixing mud you use play a big part, but Julien’s cost-reducing tips can be helpful no matter the complexities of the operation.

According to the 38-year oilfield veteran, “Running a low-cost rig is all about keeping your equipment in good shape and only buying the things you need.”

Here’s what else he had to say. Continue reading