Maintaining Trinidad's rig fleet in Saudi Arabia

Maintaining Trinidad’s rig fleet in Saudi Arabia

There’s a lot riding on the smooth operation of a drilling rig’s mechanical and electrical systems. That’s why we trust only the highest calibre tradespeople to keep our rig fleet in tip-top condition. In Saudi Arabia, Jordan McKinney, Brett Hrynuik, and their all-star team are Trinidad’s go-to maintenance squad.

Three weeks ago, McKinney explained his role as Maintenance Manager. This week, we’ll learn more about his team and what they’re doing to ensure our rigs perform come heat or high winds in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

ISO 9001 2015 certification in Saudi

Gearing up for ISO 9001: 2015 certification in Saudi

From the design of our drilling rigs to the safety of our people, we take a lot of pride in the quality of our work at Trinidad – right down to the last detail.

Chris Willoughby, our Quality Management System (QMS) Manager, spends his days focused on these details. One of the ways he’s making sure this quality travels with us as we expand into new countries is ensuring Trinidad’s QMS complies with globally-recognized standards.

“Conforming with ISO 9001: 2015 standards in our Saudi Arabia division is huge for us,” said Willoughby. “Not only does it give Trinidad a competitive edge in the Middle East, but it helps keep up the operational excellence Trinidad is known for in North America.”

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Trinidad Drilling International Rig Crew Saudi Arabia

What’s coming down the talent pipeline in Saudi Arabia

Whether it be at home or overseas, we work hard to invest in the communities we drill in to ensure they’re better off as a result of us being there. One of the ways we’re doing this is by hiring, developing, and mentoring local talent on our drilling rigs through Trinidad Essential Skills Training (T.E.S.T.).

T.E.S.T. is our competency-assurance program that defines global performance standards for each position on our rigs (Floorhand, Motorhand, Derrickhand and Driller). Every rig hand that steps foot into Trinidad coveralls is assessed on these standards to ensure they can perform the skills required for their position. Continue reading

Brothers in drilling, Part 2: Haider Almoosa and Aaron Zurfluh, Saudi Rig 128

Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa
Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa

A couple of weeks ago, we met Aaron Zurfluh, an Albertan now drilling in Saudi Arabia. In the international atmosphere on Rig 128, Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa have become good friends and co-workers. For them, coming from opposite sides of the world holds no barriers.

When they met a few months ago, the two men hit it off immediately. Now, they work together, eat together, and are friends on Facebook.

Today, we get Almoosa’s take on drilling in his home country, with people not just from Canada but from all over the world.

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Brothers in drilling, Part 1: Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa, Saudi Rig 128

Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa
Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa

They may come from the opposite sides of the world, but Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa have become brothers in drilling.

When they met a few months ago on Trinidad Rig 128 in Saudi Arabia, the two men hit it off immediately. Now, they work together, eat together, and are friends on Facebook.

Part of that connection may come from having a lot in common: It’s amazing how similar the two men’s backgrounds are. Zurfluh was born on an Alberta farm; Almoosa and his brothers operate a farm in Saudi. And both of them found their way to the rigs.

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Adventurer abroad: Chris Porter on Rig 126 in Saudi Arabia

Chris Porter Trinidad Drilling Rig 126 in Saudi Arabia

Chris Porter, an ex-marine, is no stranger to adventure.

The Driller on Rig 126 in Saudi was a U.S. marine for four years, a tough job that took him into intense situations.

“I was in the United States Marine Corps for four years from 2002-2006,” said Porter. “I’ve done three tours to Iraq, and that was enough for me.”

After the marines, Porter started working in the industry on a compound rig in 2006.

“I live in East Texas, and I didn’t have anything lined up when I got back home,” he said. There was little work in most industries, such as paper milling, when he returned, “so I decided to jump onboard.”

He worked as a Floorhand, eventually moving up to Derrickman, and then as a Journeyman Electrician for a year and a half before deciding to return to the patch.

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