Behind the scenes of a Trinidad Drilling rig build

On the side of our newest rig, its name is displayed in white letters: “Trinidad Drilling International 601.”Trinidad 601

Rig 601 has truly earned the “International” moniker. En route to its drilling destination in Saudi Arabia, Rig 601 has been from Canada to the U.S. to the United Arab Emirates – all in a matter of months.

In last week’s blog post, Drew Jacobi, the Rig Up Supervisor on Rig 601, explained what makes 601 state-of-the-art (it can move locations quickly and features advanced control and depth-tracking systems). For this week’s post, Jacobi explained how the high-tech machine came to life.

Rig 601 truly is international

Almost a year ago (September 2013), Trinidad announced it was expanding its international operations through a joint venture with Halliburton. Through this joint venture, Trinidad started to plan a new rig build – Rig 601.

After the “paperwork” side of the project was ready, Jacobi explained that Trinidad started work on 601’s derrick and sub-structure at Trinidad’s operations center in Nisku, Alberta. Then, the rig components were sent to Houston, Texas, were the majority of the rig assembly took place.

Here are some pictures showing the mast going up in Houston:

Trinidad 601 - mast up

T601 - mast up

After the 2,000 HP triple was put together, the nearly completed rig was sent to Dubai (United Arab Emirates), where it met its mud tanks, which were shipped from China.

Why not assemble to mud system in Houston?

“We didn’t want to ship the mud tanks here (to the U.S.) and then ship them back over there (to the Middle East),” Jacobi explained.

Rig 601 is currently is Dubai, getting married to its mud system, but should be ready to go to work in the next few weeks.

“When 601 touches down in Saudi, it’s going to be ready to drill,” said Jacobi.

Drilling in Saudi Arabia

You may wonder if rigs built to drill in Saudi Arabia are different from rigs built to drill in North America. The answer: Not really . . . except for the number of those mud tanks. You need more mud (drilling fluid) in the Saudi desert.

“You want a lot more volume (in Saudi Arabia),” said Jacobi. “They get a lot of lost circulation (due to softer formations), so they like to have a lot of drilling mud on hand, always.”

Join the Trinidad Drilling team 

Jacobi calls his job “prestigious.” Why? He gets to work with new equipment that helps make drilling safer.

“If I were the one working on the rig, it would be a pleasure to work on a Trinidad rig just because of the safety features,” said Jacobi, who has over a decade of experience in the drilling business and spent many years working in the field.

Rig 601 features automation, such as iron roughnecks, which assigns potentially dangerous tasks to machines, not humans.

Want to work on newer, safer iron? Apply to join our team today.

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