Trinidad Drilling moving system

Inside Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program: Part two

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about the rig upgrades we have underway to tackle west Texas’ long lateral wells. In addition to increasing mud pump capabilities, adding generators, and expanding racking capacities, we’re also modifying our rigs to drill more efficiently in response to low commodity prices.

Here are a few of the ways we’re adapting some of our top-performing US rig fleet to drill deeper…cheaper. Continue reading

Inside Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program: Part one

This is the first post in our two-part series on Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program.

Anyone that’s been in our industry for a period of time understands we don’t stand still for long. Oilfield technology is ever-evolving in response to changing prices, oil and gas plays, and demand. That’s why our team selected just over 30 rigs in Trinidad’s fleet to undergo upgrades in 2017.

When we finish up this year’s upgrade program, half of Trinidad’s US rigs will classify as ultra high-spec, modified to meet customer demand in west Texas.

“Our drilling environment is changing with deeper, more challenging lateral wells, and low commodity prices,” explained David Gibson, Trinidad’s Senior VP of US Operations. “So we’re upgrading US rigs, backed by contracts, to tackle longer and deeper wells, and drill more efficiently.”

Gibson walked us through some of the upgrades underway to take on west Texas’ long lateral wells. Here’s what you need to know: Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 452

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Rig 452 in our Canadian fleet. Formerly CanElson Rig 102, 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.

Guest post: Building a safety culture is no easy job in these unusual times

Trinidad Drilling General Manager of Global HSE Derek Hibbard
Derek Hibbard, General Manager, Global HSE

The last 18 months have been hectic. Coming off the worst recession in our history and trying to rebuild on the fly has definitely posed some challenges.

We have had to simultaneously juggle rig upgrades, address personnel, service shortages, and train hundreds of new Trinidad hands while doing everything we can to keep our best people from pursuing other opportunities in the industry. At the end of the day, none of this is new, just the latest iteration of the madness that reflects the cyclical nature of our business.

So the challenge is, and will continue to be, how do we develop and maintain a world-class safety culture amidst all of the chaos and continual noise?

The keys really are engagement and empowerment. Continue reading

Rig 134 earns its fifth spot on Pioneer’s ‘Rig Team of the Quarter’ trophy

Dustin Brown, Drilling Superintendent; Gary Malmay, Driller; Brandon Hobbs, Rig Manager

If you are going to do something, do it to the best of your ability.

That mindset has been a defining one for Chad Britt throughout his career. Born into a long line of roughnecks, the Louisiana native is one of the Rig Managers on Rig 134, a trophy-clad triple in our U.S. fleet with a track record of accomplishment.

“I’ve always taught my crews to strive for their very best,” said Chad.

“Rig 134 isn’t gunning for awards, we just want to be a benefit to Trinidad and do our jobs to the highest standard.”

As it turns out, when you are passionate about doing a great job, awards and recognition tend to follow. Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling Rig 54

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

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. Continue reading

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.

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: