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

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

Roughneck raised with Les and Gaston Hodge

Roughneck raised with Les Hodge

With his dad working on and off the rigs since he was eight years old, Les Hodge understands what it means to be roughneck raised.

Working a 20 and 10 schedule, Hodge’s dad would fly to Alberta for 20 days of work then make the 6,000 km trip back to spend ten days at home in Savage Cove, Newfoundland. No matter how tempted he may have been to relax on his days off, his dad was always determined to make the most of his time with family. Continue reading

Part two: what do MacGyver, drilling rigs and a little luck have in common?

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