Rig spotlight: 4 rigs getting ready for Mexico

Trinidad Design and Manufacturing’s headquarters in Nisku, Alberta, has been a flurry of activity this year. Our team there has been busy building new iron. Their current project? Four new rigs for Trinidad’s joint-venture operations in Mexico. When the rigs are finished, they’ll be the tallest in Trinidad’s fleet.

Here’s what you need to know about Trinidad’s new Mexican rigs:

Their names:

Rigs 701, 702, 703 and 704

Where they’ll be drilling:

The new, state-of-the-art rigs will operate in the area around Villahermosa, Mexico, through an international joint venture between Trinidad and Halliburton. The city of Villahermosa is an epicenter for oil and gas activity in Mexico.

What’s ‘under the hood’:

The four rigs will be high performance, AC, walking rigs. Les Hodge, the Rig-Up Supervisor on the builds, explained that the derricks and sub-structures will be the biggest Trinidad has ever built – Trinidad’s newest iron, Rig 58, is currently the largest, but its reign will be short lived.

Hodge explained that the 700-series rigs will be similar to other advanced rigs in Trinidad’s fleet, but they’ll be “way bigger.”

“The rigs have bigger horsepower, larger hookload and a higher PSI (pounds per square inch) working pressure. They have the same concepts as our sling-shot sub (structure) but on a larger scale,” said Hodge, who has been with Trinidad for almost six years and started out working in the field.

Here are those “big” specs Hodge was talking about:

Drawworks: 3,600 HP (horsepower)
Hookload: 1.5 million LBS (pounds)
Working pressure: 7,500 PSI

Drilling down: The wells Trinidad’s crews will be drilling range from 6,000 to 6,500 metres. Some wells on the project may reach depths of 7,000 to 7,500 metres.

The rigs will also feature new technologies that will improve rig performance.

When these rigs will see action:

Rigs 701 and 702 will be finished first and should be in Mexico near the end of the year.

“They are being shipped via barge, which is a cool aspect of the rig move,” said Hodge.

Join the Trinidad Drilling team

If you’re interested in opportunities to work internationally or want a chance to work on safer, newer iron, apply for a job with Trinidad Drilling today!

Read more about some of the technically-advanced rigs our team has built:

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