The year’s best photos

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing our most popular photos on social media this year.

As always, we encourage you to submit your best Trinidad Drilling photos for a chance to be featured on our social media pages. Please be safe and respectful of operator guidelines regarding cell phone and camera usage at the rig. When submitting your photos to, please include the rig number, the date the photo was taken, and the photo’s location.

Thank you to all those who submitted beautiful shots from the field throughout 2017!

Here are some of the best from our LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds this year: Continue reading

Rig word of the day: mast — #RigSpeak101


Drilling rig mast

The mast is one of the most recognizable parts of a drilling rig. Standing up to 50 metres (164 feet) high, our team uses QT100 advanced steel on our masts to make more space for equipment and reduce the overall weight of the structure.

Not to be confused with four-sided derricks, masts are three-sided structures with an open face.

Learn about other rig words like top drive, iron roughneck, monkeyboard and the rig floor in our #RigSpeak101 series.

Rig word of the day: substructure — #RigSpeak101

Drilling rig substructure

We mention substructures (a.k.a. “subs”) a lot on the blog, often in relation to moving or walking systems. Located directly over the well, the substructure raises, lowers and supports the rig floor, derrick and other rig floor components like the drawworks.

A common substructure is the slingshot sub. They begin in a folded position and are then unfolded as hydraulic cylinders or winches raise the rig into place. On a slingshot sub, all rig floor components are installed and rigged up with the floor lowered.

You can find slingshot substructures in action on our blog on Rig 38 and our 3,600 HP 700 series.

Rig word of the day: drill bit — #RigSpeak101

Drill Bit

The bit is on the bottom of the drill string and must be changed when it becomes excessively dull or stops making progress. Most bits work by scraping or crushing the rock, or both, usually as part of a rotational motion. Some bits, known as hammer bits, pound the rock vertically in much the same fashion as a construction site air hammer.*

Paired with the right technology, equipment and rig crews, drilling rigs have the capability to drill miles below the earth’s surface into tough formations. Learn more about rig upgrades we have underway to allow our rigs to drill deeper than ever before.

*Denotes definition from Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary

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

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:

Pre-employment physical evaluations on a drilling rig

Physical evaluations: Are you fit-for-duty?

This is the second post in our two-part series on pre-employment testing in Trinidad’s US division.

It’s no secret that working on a drilling rig involves labour-intensive work – often performed in extreme conditions. That’s why new rig hands have to be deemed “fit-for-duty” before they head out to the field to ensure they can handle the physical and mental requirements of their assigned job. To be rig-ready, they need to pass both a drug and alcohol test, and a physical evaluation.

With a solid grip on Trinidad’s zero-tolerance stance on substance abuse and testing procedures, it’s time to get physical! Read on as HR Supervisor, Amanda Vaught, takes us through physical evaluations in our US division. Continue reading