safety myths

Guest post: Busting safety myths on the rigs

Every Trinidad employee deserves to go home safe. Even the most “minor” safety incident is one incident too many – that’s why we do everything we can to continue building our safety culture, including busting safety myths.

There are a lot of safety myths out there – and we’ve heard them all. One of the best ways to improve safety is to make decisions based on the data and facts, not myths.

To help us sort fact from fiction, we talked to Derek Hibbard, Trinidad’s General Manager, Global HSE. Keep reading to get Derek’s take on seven of the biggest safety myths.

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Trinidad’s President and CEO answers your questions about our merger with Precision Drilling

The views expressed in this blog are the personal views of Trinidad’s President and CEO, Brent Conway, and do not constitute legal or financial advice to any person.  Readers are advised to consult their own professional advisors before making any investment decision.

Brent ConwayOn Friday, October 5, Trinidad agreed to merge with Precision Drilling, creating an industry-leading contract driller. Both companies’ board of directors have agreed to the merger and recommend shareholders vote in favour. The merger is expected to be finalized later this year, following approval from our shareholders and certain regulators.

This merger comes on the heels of a hostile take-over bid submitted by Ensign, which Trinidad’s board recommends shareholders reject. Given that the Precision offer is higher than Ensign’s, this deal is better value for our shareholders – but it also better aligns with our company’s values, culture and vision.

Of course, with all these changes come a lot of questions. We’ve gathered some of the most common questions we’ve received since the announcement and passed them along to Brent Conway, our President and CEO. Keep reading to get answers from the CEO himself. Continue reading

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What is an AC rig?

If you’ve followed along on our blog and social media channels, you’re probably familiar with AC rigs by now – after all, we’re pretty proud of our fleet. But what exactly are they?

Wayne Kuzio, Canadian Senior Field Superintendent here at Trinidad, and the Canadian rig managers worked together to provide us with the details.

Craig Barker, a Relief Rig Manager from rig 56, put it very clearly: “Control…it is all about control.” So what does that mean to the rest of us?

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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?

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3 reasons why ‘going international’ was this Rig Manager’s best career move

Since he started with Trinidad 13 years ago, Ben Kiemele has worked on our rigs in Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 601
Rig Manager Ben Kiemele in Bahrain

For a guy who had never traveled outside of Canada or been on an airplane prior to his first hitch in Mexico in 2008, he was quick to take to the international drilling scene.

“Going international was the best career move I’ve made,” said Ben, who is currently a Senior Rig Manager in charge of Rig 601 in Bahrain.

“It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s definitely been worth it.” Continue reading

5 reasons you’ll want to work on a Trinidad rig

Trinidad Drilling Rig 39
Trinidad Rig 39, a 1,500 HP AC Walking Triple

Mike Kerik has worked for a few drilling contractors over his 18-year career in the Canadian oil patch.

After spending the last 12 years in Trinidad teal, he’s figured out what makes us stand out – both as a contractor and as an employer. According to Mike, sticking with us has been a bit of a no-brainer.

“High-performance people, modern iron, huge safety records; you name it, Trinidad’s got it,” said Rig 39’s Rig Manager.

Read on as Mike shares five reasons you’ll want to work on a Trinidad rig.

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3 focuses for an even safer 2018 at Trinidad Drilling

3 focuses for an even safer 2018

Last month, Derek Hibbard, our General Manager of Global HSE, shared four steps we took to ensure safety success when rig counts spiked in 2017. This week, Derek outlines a few of our plans for an even safer 2018.

As proud as we are of our safety record, we’re always gunning for a perfect score. In our pursuit of eliminating incidents of any kind on Trinidad’s rigs now and in years to come, here are three safety areas we’re focusing on this year. Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 601

This week on the blog, we’re taking a look at Trinidad Rig 601, the 2,000 HP desert driller destined for Bahrain in early 2018.

Originally designed to drill in the Ghawar oilfield in Saudi Arabia, this four-year-old Trinidad-built rig boasts a quick tear down and rig up design. It’s also equipped with our integrated control system and RigMinder technology platform for added efficiency, safety and performance.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 601

Learn more about the rig and its capabilities with ‘Trinidad Rig 601: New iron built to drill in Saudi Arabia,’ written when 601 was still on Canadian turf.

4 steps we took to ensure safety success when rig counts spiked in 2017

4 steps we took to ensure safety success when rig counts spiked in 2017

Our overall utilization rate rose quickly in 2017. Although it was an exciting time for everyone at Trinidad, firing up as many rigs as we did this year after the downturn had its safety challenges.

“Bringing previous employees up-to-speed after some time away from the rigs, and hiring new hands that weren’t familiar with Trinidad’s safety standards were two of our biggest challenges this year,” said Derek Hibbard, our General Manager of Global HSE.

Thanks to the direction of Derek and his team, 2017 was another impressive year in safety, even with a rapid rise in rig activity.

Here are four steps we took to ensure safety success when rig counts spiked in 2017: Continue reading