3 ways we’ve enhanced our rig design to reduce emissions

Trinidad Drilling Rig 54

We always share pictures of our rigs in the most beautiful landscapes. Our favourite shots are often the ones submitted by our crews. Not only do roughnecks love the iron they work on, but they love where they do it – away from city lights with front row seats to the best sunrises and sunsets around.

We share the same appreciation for the great outdoors as our crews do. That’s why we have an engineering and design team making sure we’re minimizing the environmental impact of our operations.

Read on as team leader and mechanical engineer, Jake Hamdan, shares the latest on how we have enhanced our rig fleet to reduce emissions.

1. Improved control systems = quicker wells

Drillers use control systems to run drilling equipment from one main console in the doghouse. Jake and his team have upgraded this system so we can drill wells faster than ever.

“We’ve fine-tuned our programming to run more efficiently, and have enhanced our control system by using variable frequency drives (VFDs),” said Jake.

“VFDs reduce the amount of power needed to run motors, which saves us a lot of fuel at the rig site.”

Drilling rig control systemUsing VFDs isn’t new to our team. We’ve been using them since we built our first AC-powered rigs in 2005, but according to Jake, “we are developing more VFD applications, like implementing them on our mud system pre-charge pumps.”

Control systems designed to drill wells faster means less time running drilling equipment. Less time running equipment = reduced emissions.

2. Remote access = fewer trips to the rig site

Making our control systems accessible remotely is another way we are enhancing our fleet to reduce the impact of our operations. Remote access means our engineers and technologists can diagnose most electrical, mechanical or structural issues at the rig from the office.

“We can ‘remote in’ to Rig 601 in Bahrain, for example, from our office in Nisku, Alberta,” he explained. “This means fewer visits to the rig site via vehicle or airplane, and a reduction in the amount of time engines are idling.”

Troubleshooting issues at the rig isn’t the only bonus of accessing our control systems remotely.

“We can also complete rig upgrades like adding new sensors or updating Trinidad’s auto driller without having to go to site.”

3. Integrated technology platform = a more efficient rig fleet

“Trinidad’s integrated technology platform will also do a big part in making our fleet more efficient; therefore, more environmentally-friendly,” Jake noted.

With RigMinder’s directional drilling guidance system (a.k.a. “Criterion”), for example, we can significantly reduce the number of third party directional drillers and MWD personnel (measurement-while-drilling) on site managing that process.

Fewer third party personnel visits to our rigs means fewer vehicles on the road.

Great rigs + we care about the environment = win-win

Updating our controls systems with efficiencies like remote access and RigMinder technology are just a couple of ways we’re enhancing our fleet to reduce the impact of our operations.

“We’re also using built-in vacuum services to quickly recover spilled fluids, and installing efficient bi-fuel engines that produce less emissions.”

Do you want to work for a drilling contractor that has top-of-the-line rigs and cares about the environment? Keep an eye on our website for opportunities to join our team.

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