Tips on running a cost-effective rig

Trinidad Drilling Rig 428
Trinidad Rig 428 drilling near Lampman, Saskatchewan

Rig Manager Julien Bourassa runs a consistently cost-effective operation on Rig 428 in southeastern Saskatchewan. His telescopic double often tops not only our Canadian charts for low-cost operations, but our global ones, too.

Sure, factors like the type of wells you drill, and what kind of mixing mud you use play a big part, but Julien’s cost-reducing tips can be helpful no matter the complexities of the operation.

According to the 38-year oilfield veteran, “Running a low-cost rig is all about keeping your equipment in good shape and only buying the things you need.”

Here’s what else he had to say. Continue reading

Advice from an oilfield dad

Glenn Heffernan, Rig 51 motorhand and father of three

Taking a leap of faith for family

After 21 years working as a car mechanic in his hometown of Saint Phillips, Newfoundland, Glenn Heffernan called it quits. A dedicated husband and father of three, Glenn knew it was time for a career that would provide the life he always wanted for his family.

“Like any dad, I wanted to give them what they deserved,” said Glenn.

He knew from friends in the oil and gas industry that working on the rigs could provide the financial freedom he was looking for.

“When I was about to leave for my first hitch in Alberta, I told my wife I’d do it for five years, maximum,” Glenn chuckled, in one of those loveable accents Canadian east-coasters are known for.

“That was ten years ago.”

Glenn has been a motorhand at Trinidad since he started his career in the oil patch. Like many from Canada’s east coast, he flies over 6,500 kilometers (4,040 miles) to and from Alberta to work a two-and-one schedule (two weeks at work and one week at home).

After a decade in the industry, he knows all about life as an oilfield dad. Continue reading

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 socialmedia@trinidaddrilling.com, 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 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.

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 10

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Rig 10, a Range III Single in our Canadian fleet. Currently drilling west of Virden, Manitoba, this rig has proven to be a customer favourite in the Williston Basin.

Our Manitoba crews enjoy working eight-hour days close to home, spending evenings with their families, rather than at rig camps or hotels. Oh, and the views are pretty great too!

Trinidad Drilling Rig 10 Profile

Triples, Doubles, Singles

You name it, we’ve got it. At 149 rigs strong, you can find Trinidad’s fleet in Canada, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.

Check out these recent posts in our rig profile series:

Trinidad Drilling moving system

Inside Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program: Part two

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.

Here are a few of the ways we’re adapting some of our top-performing US rig fleet to drill deeper…cheaper. Continue reading