There is something unassuming about the name Rig 58. But once you see this rig built, you’ll realize there is nothing unassuming about it. After all, Rig 58 will be one of the largest and most technically advanced land rigs drilling in North America.
“It’s a beast. You will know it’s Rig 58 when you see it.” – Jehad Hamdan, Engineering Manager with Trinidad Design & Manufacturing
Rig 58 is a project currently being undertaken by Trinidad Design & Manufacturing. When it’s finished, it will be the largest in Trinidad’s 134-rig fleet. Jehad Hamdan, Engineering Manager with Trinidad Design & Manufacturing, likened the rig to “a Bentley.”
“What’s really exciting to me (will) be to see this 1,250-kip* machine standing 190-feet high in our yard,” said Hamdan, who helped put together the concept and rig specs and now oversees components of the rig’s design.
“It’s a beast. You will know it’s Rig 58 when you see it,” he said.
Here’s a rundown of what Rig 58 will bring to the table:
Rig type: Cantilever triple
Mast height: 45.6 metres (152 feet)
Power: 3,000 HP
Hook load: 567 tonnes (1.25 million pounds)
Depth capacity: Able to reach over 8,000 metres (26,000 feet)
Rig 58 was designed to drill deep enough to access natural gas found in the Liard Basin and is expected to be ready by the second half of 2014. It will be able to reach depths greater than any other land rig in our fleet (in fact, the only Trinidad rig that can drill deeper is Justice, one of our barge-drilling rigs).
“This gives the opportunity to access energy reserves well below the surface and creates many possibilities that wouldn’t be possible otherwise with a conventional/typical drilling rig,” explained Hamdan.
Better equipment = increased safety
“We are always looking at ways to make our equipment safer and more reliable,” said Hamdan. “Rig 58, in particular, will be designed with enhanced features such as a pipe-handling system and moving system that will improve both safety and performance significantly.”
We’ll continue to highlight Trinidad’s exceptional fleet in our “Rig spotlight” blog series, so check back regularly.
*1 kip = 450 kilograms of force