Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 452

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Rig 452 in our Canadian fleet. Formerly CanElson Rig 52, the newly upgraded 1,500 HP AC Pad Triple and its crews recently headed out to the Duvernay field in Alberta, Canada.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 452

Rig 452’s fresh Trinidad teal paint job isn’t the only change its undergone since our acquisition of CanElson Drilling in 2015. The rig now has a 500 ton top drive, a 7,500 PSI circulating system, and a moving system complete with a scalping tank and festoon system capable of walking with full setback.

Driving technology at Trinidad

We’re always listening to our customers and our boots-on-the-ground teams in the field to find mechanical, structural and electrical solutions to drill tomorrow’s toughest wells.

Learn more about the upgrades we made to our fleet in 2017 to ensure our rigs are equipped to get the job done safely and efficiently, day in and day out.

Dustin Brown, US Field Superintendent and his family

New country, same Thanksgiving blessings

Family feasts, football games, parade floats, and Black Friday finds are common Thanksgiving traditions in the US this time of year. No matter the Thanksgiving tradition, family and friends are often at the heart of the festivities.

For Field Superintendent Dustin Brown, his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, this year’s celebrations will be a little different. Not only will it be the family’s first American Thanksgiving as US residents since Dustin’s promotion from Rig Manager, but Dustin will be home to celebrate.

“I’m always thankful for a healthy family and the opportunity to provide for them, but this year we’re especially grateful for the time we’ll have together.” Continue reading

Rig word of the day: substructure — #RigSpeak101

Drilling rig substructure

We mention substructures (a.k.a. “subs”) a lot on the blog, often in relation to moving or walking systems. Located directly over the well, the substructure raises, lowers and supports the rig floor, derrick and other rig floor components like the drawworks.

A common substructure is the slingshot sub. They begin in a folded position and are then unfolded as hydraulic cylinders or winches raise the rig into place. On a slingshot sub, all rig floor components are installed and rigged up with the floor lowered.

You can find slingshot substructures in action on our blog on Rig 38 and our 3,600 HP 700 series.

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 44

We’ve been in a flurry of activity this year, crushing out upgrades on over thirty rigs selected for our 2017 Rig Upgrade Program. Most recently, our team in Nisku, Alberta cut the tape on the new-and-improved Rig 44, which was upgraded from a 750 HP SCR to a 1,000 HP AC-powered heavy telescopic double.

Proudly boasting “first-of-its-kind” status in our Canadian fleet, the rig and its crews were turned loose in the Montney Basin for the first time this week since the upgrade.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 44

A Canadian fleet first

The combination of Rig 44’s high hook load, AC-power, 1,600 HP direct-drive mud pumps, and 7,500 PSI circulating system make it unique to our Canadian fleet. It’s also equipped with bi-fuel engines and a walking system capable of moving the rig with full setback (meaning the drill pipe is left in the derrick during the move).

Here’s a look at a few of Rig 44’s newest features:

2017 tune-ups at Trinidad

Want to see more of our 2017 upgrades in action? Check out Trinidad Rig 100, the first ever rig in our US fleet, with its new 1,000,000 lb. hook load, walking system, 25,000 foot racking system with 5 inch drill pipe, and 7,500 PSI capabilities.

Women in oil and gas: Career advice from director, Nancy Laird

Nancy Laird

Originally from central Canada, Nancy Laird knew when she moved to Calgary, Alberta after grad school, she wanted to be part of what made the city tick. In the early 80’s, oil and gas was the “it” industry.

Today, with more than 30 years’ experience in senior positions at major energy companies, Nancy serves on a number of public and not-for-profit boards both provincially and nationally. She joined Trinidad’s Board of Directors in June 2016, which, prior to her addition, had always been an all-male team.

“There’s so much value in workplace diversity,” said Nancy.

“In the oilfield services sector, Trinidad really is leading in that regard; both with the number of women in senior management positions, and now introducing women onto the board of directors.”

We asked Nancy about her role as a director and the evolving ‘women in oil and gas’ environment. Read on as she offers insights and advice to those considering a career in energy. Continue reading

Rig word of the day: drill bit — #RigSpeak101

Drill Bit

The bit is on the bottom of the drill string and must be changed when it becomes excessively dull or stops making progress. Most bits work by scraping or crushing the rock, or both, usually as part of a rotational motion. Some bits, known as hammer bits, pound the rock vertically in much the same fashion as a construction site air hammer.*

Paired with the right technology, equipment and rig crews, drilling rigs have the capability to drill miles below the earth’s surface into tough formations. Learn more about rig upgrades we have underway to allow our rigs to drill deeper than ever before.

*Denotes definition from Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary

Maintaining Trinidad's rig fleet in Saudi Arabia

Maintaining Trinidad’s rig fleet in Saudi Arabia

There’s a lot riding on the smooth operation of a drilling rig’s mechanical and electrical systems. That’s why we trust only the highest calibre tradespeople to keep our rig fleet in tip-top condition. In Saudi Arabia, Jordan McKinney, Brett Hrynuik, and their all-star team are Trinidad’s go-to maintenance squad.

Three weeks ago, McKinney explained his role as Maintenance Manager. This week, we’ll learn more about his team and what they’re doing to ensure our rigs perform come heat or high winds in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

Rig word of the day: triple – #RigSpeak101

Triple drilling rig

Sure, you hear the lingo all the time, but have you ever wondered how single, double and triple drilling rigs are named? We have you covered. The derrick on a triple can hold three joints of drill pipe; a double can hold two; and a single can hold one. The taller the derrick, the longer the pipe string it can hold.

Almost 50% of the rigs in Trinidad’s fleet are triples. Check out a few of them here: