Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 452

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Rig 452 in our Canadian fleet. Formerly CanElson Rig 102, the newly upgraded 1,500 HP AC Pad Triple and its crews recently headed out to the Duvernay field in Alberta, Canada.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 452

Rig 452’s fresh Trinidad teal paint job isn’t the only change its undergone since our acquisition of CanElson Drilling in 2015. The rig now has a 500 ton top drive, a 7,500 PSI circulating system, and a moving system complete with a scalping tank and festoon system capable of walking with full setback.

Driving technology at Trinidad

We’re always listening to our customers and our boots-on-the-ground teams in the field to find mechanical, structural and electrical solutions to drill tomorrow’s toughest wells.

Learn more about the upgrades we made to our fleet in 2017 to ensure our rigs are equipped to get the job done safely and efficiently, day in and day out.

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 44

We’ve been in a flurry of activity this year, crushing out upgrades on over thirty rigs selected for our 2017 Rig Upgrade Program. Most recently, our team in Nisku, Alberta cut the tape on the new-and-improved Rig 44, which was upgraded from a 750 HP SCR to a 1,000 HP AC-powered heavy telescopic double.

Proudly boasting “first-of-its-kind” status in our Canadian fleet, the rig and its crews were turned loose in the Montney Basin for the first time this week since the upgrade.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 44

A Canadian fleet first

The combination of Rig 44’s high hook load, AC-power, 1,600 HP direct-drive mud pumps, and 7,500 PSI circulating system make it unique to our Canadian fleet. It’s also equipped with bi-fuel engines and a walking system capable of moving the rig with full setback (meaning the drill pipe is left in the derrick during the move).

Here’s a look at a few of Rig 44’s newest features:

2017 tune-ups at Trinidad

Want to see more of our 2017 upgrades in action? Check out Trinidad Rig 100, the first ever rig in our US fleet, with its new 1,000,000 lb. hook load, walking system, 25,000 foot racking system with 5 inch drill pipe, and 7,500 PSI capabilities.

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Advice from the pros: resume tips from Trinidad’s Canadian recruiters

This week on the blog, we’re talking about resume dos and don’ts with Trinidad’s Canadian recruitment team. With 37 years of combined experience between Field Services Manager, Trisha Hennig, and her team of Coordinators, Carmen Thorne, Megan Myshak, and Sarah Hallgren, this crew knows how to staff drilling rigs and they know how to do it efficiently.

Filtering through thousands of resumes a year and staffing up to dozens of rigs between the team at one time is no small feat. How can you make your resume stand out from the thousands of others? Seeking advice from the pros is always a good place to start. Continue reading

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Rig postcards from… Rig 40 in British Columbia, Canada

This week on the blog, we’re enjoying British Columbia’s (B.C.) sunsets with the crews on Rig 40, a 166,800 daN tele double in our Canadian fleet!

At its current location near Fort St. John, B.C., the average temperature in January is a brisk -15 degrees Celsius / 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Chilled at the thought of it? Find out how our crews stay safe when the temperature drops by eating right, dressing for the weather, and educating themselves on signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Continue reading

Curling great Kevin Koe talks about having Trinidad on his team

Team Koe sporting the Trinidad Drilling logo on their right arms. From left to right: Kevin Koe (skip), Marc Kennedy (third), Brent Laing (second), Ben Hebert (lead).
Team Koe sporting the Trinidad Drilling logo on their right arms. From left to right: Kevin Koe (skip), Marc Kennedy (third), Brent Laing (second), Ben Hebert (lead).

Curling and drilling aren’t really that different. A curler must be able to throw a rock down a sheet of ice and have it stop on a button 30-centimetres wide. Rig crews drill through kilometres of rock and reach an area that can be the size of a kitchen table. Both feats take skill and complete accuracy.

Trinidad’s curling connection doesn’t stop with similarities in craft. We’re sponsors of Team Koe – the rink (that’s curling speak for “team”) representing Alberta and vying for the Canadian championship title at the 2015 Brier in Calgary from Feb. 28 to March 8.

To get you primed for the event, we interviewed the team’s skip, Kevin Koe. Listen in as the former world champ and two-time Brier winner talks about playing at home, the team’s goals, his connection to the oil and gas business and the importance of sponsorship. Continue reading

Leadership recognized at CAODC Safety Awards

The location of Rig 57 in Alberta
The location of Rig 57 in Alberta

Kevin Dobson has proven you can have both safety and performance on a rig; it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Dobson, a Rig Manager on our team, has led Rig 57 to over 600 days without a recordable incident – all while drilling record holes for depth and size in the area where the rig is deployed south of Fort McMurray, Alta.

Dobson’s commitment to safety is the reason he received this year’s CAODC Safety Excellence Award for Trinidad Drilling.

Strong leadership = safe crews

Every spring, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) presents safety awards after the winter-drilling season. This tradition has been going on for 34 years. Safety scrolls are given to senior crew members who lead their teams to 200 consecutive days without a recordable incident. Stand-out crews are also nominated by their companies to receive special Safety Excellence Awards (what Dobson received). Continue reading