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.
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
Unlike Trinidad’s rigs operating in the forests of northern British Columbia, or the sandy plains of Saudi Arabia, Rig 129 finds itself right at home around bustling urban centers. Thanks to its size, weight, and unique skidding system, the rig can maneuver around smaller pads in heavily populated areas with ease.
Minimizing the rig’s environmental impact
Here’s how Rig 129 is doing its part in minimizing its environmental footprint:
- Rig 129’s generators are available on demand so they’re only running at peak when required.
- The rig can be operated off of highline power, when available, to reduce emissions and generator noise.
- Sound walls are constructed around the rig to minimize noise pollution.
- With a smaller location size, the rig’s footprint is less intrusive.
- When the rig is drilling in an urban area, trees are planted around the lease.
Self-diagnostic control system
Rig 129 also boasts an automatic driller and touchscreen controls to monitor drilling parameters remotely, like weight on bit and rate of penetration.
Two weeks ago, we learned about Adrian Lachance’s oil patch genealogy and the time he tried his luck at acting. This week, we’ll explain Lachance’s status as a MacGyver of sorts in the drilling business and describe how Trinidad’s Chief Operating Officer got to where he is today.
For those of you who have worked on a Bear Drilling rig or are part of Trinidad’s CanDrill 1,500 fan club, this blog’s for you. Continue reading
This week on the blog, a look at Trinidad Rig 432, drilling near Edson, Alberta. Formerly CanElson Rig 32, this ultra-heavy telescopic double and its crews are known to “drill like a bat ‘outta hell” (while working safe, of course).
Interested in more Trinidad rig profiles? Check out Rig 703, a pad rig designed for high pressure, high temperature deep wells in southern Mexico. Or Rig 100, recently upgraded to a 2,000 HP AC XL Triple to drill in the Permian Basin in west Texas.
This week on the blog, we’re introducing our new spin on an old favourite!
Rig 100 holds a special place in the hearts of those that have been with Trinidad since the beginning. Well-known as a 1,500 HP SCR Triple and the first rig in our US fleet, recent upgrades have taken the ten-year-old rig to a whole new level. Currently drilling in the Permian Basin, the new and improved 2,000 HP AC XL (extended lateral) Triple is aiming for depths it wasn’t capable of…until now.
Read on as Ronald Williams, lead engineer on Rig 100’s recent upgrade, explains why this old favourite has people talking.
It takes a team of passionate, motivated and roll-up-your-sleeves-type individuals to make a drilling company great. Robert Duke, one of our Rig Specialists in Saudi Arabia, is one of those people. Continue reading