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 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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Spotlight on technology: Making big rigs lighter

Trinidad Drilling's Rig 56 in Western Canada.
Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 56

When people think of engineering marvels, they usually think of bridges and dams. Drilling rigs may not be as visible to the public, but achievements in the design and manufacturing of these machines deserve some of the accolades, too.

For example, the engineering team at Trinidad Design & Manufacturing is finding ways to slim down large-capacity rigs by using lighter, but stronger, construction materials in our masts.

“As we go forward, drilling processes are getting more complicated – there is more equipment and bigger equipment involved,” explained Darren Self, one of Trinidad’s Mechanical Design Engineers. “As you start adding more equipment to existing rig designs, space becomes an issue.” Continue reading