Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 129

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Rig 129 in our US fleet. Currently drilling in the Barnett Shale, this rig has proven to be the king of shallow horizontal wells in an urban setting.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 129

City drillin’

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.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 130
Trinidad Rig 130 (Rig 129’s “sister rig”) drilling in Arlington, Texas in 2012

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.

Looking for more Trinidad rig profiles? Check out Rig 100, another rig in our US fleet, recently upgraded to drill in the Permian Basin in west Texas.

Trinidad Drilling Rigs T37 and T38 Fox Creek Alberta April 2016

Spotlight on technology: Pad drilling 101 with Wayne Kuzio

This is the first post in Trinidad’s two-part pad drilling series.

Pad drilling is the real meal deal – a real “win-win”. According to Wayne Kuzio (Sr. Field Superintendent, industry veteran and pad drilling advocate), it has a firm place in the future of drilling.

“The benefits of pad drilling are even more important during low commodity pricing. It just makes sense from an efficiency, cost, time and environmental standpoint,” said Kuzio.

“In times like these, reducing costs and time per well is something I think we can all get onboard with.”

Kuzio is responsible for a number of rigs in our Canadian fleet, including Rigs 37 and 38, currently drilling on a pad near Fox Creek, Alberta (pictured below).

In this post, he and a few of his Rig Managers give us a pad drilling 101 crash course to explain how it all works. Continue reading

Where to find Trinidad’s U.S. rigs

Thanks to a boom in shale oil extraction, the United States is now seen as the world’s biggest oil producer, pumping out 8.5 million barrels of crude per day in July. Trinidad drills in four different countries, but around half of our fleet is working in the thriving U.S. market.

“We’re operating in most of the major shale basins in the U.S.,” explained Tom Horton, Vice President of Business Development and Contracts with Trinidad Drilling’s U.S. division.

Here is an overview of Trinidad’s U.S. operations. Continue reading