It’s safety stand-down season on Trinidad’s Canadian and U.S. rigs.
If you pictured two rig managers challenging one another to a look-out card duel when you read ‘safety stand-down’ – this blog is for you. Read on as Greg Cochran, Field Superintendent based out of Midland, Texas, explains what safety stand-downs are and what they mean for our rig crews. Continue reading
This week on the blog, we reminisce on the past year. With a ramp-up in rig activity, the completion of our 2017 Upgrade Program, and the addition of RigMinder’s team and technology, it was a busy year at Trinidad.
Stay tuned for more year-end blogs in December featuring huge safety milestones, Trinidad’s community involvement, and a look at the year’s best photos from the field.
This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Rig 452 in our Canadian fleet. Formerly CanElson Rig 52, the newly upgraded 1,500 HP AC Pad Triple and its crews recently headed out to the Duvernay field in Alberta, Canada.
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.
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.
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:
2 x 1,600 HP mud pumps with direct-drive motors for increased space in the pump house
350-ton top drive to power through unconventional horizontal wells in the Montney Basin…and beyond!
Bi-fuel engines for ultimate optionality, enabling the rig to run on natural gas and/or diesel
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.
This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Trinidad Rig 45, a heavy double in our Canadian fleet currently drilling near Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Up against multiple rigs in the Montney Basin, this twelve-year-old rig and its top-tier Trinidad crews are proven leaders, drilling nine-day Montney wells.
Check out our most recent posts in our rig profile series:
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!
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:
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
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
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 is the first of two blog posts with Trinidad’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Adrian Lachance.
You name it, this guy’s done it. From auditioning for the hit TV series MacGyver in the 1980s, to starting two successful businesses, Red Deer, Alberta native and Trinidad’s COO has a story that’s sure to surprise you.
Known today for his passionate demeanor, extensive industry knowledge, and experience with technical drilling, Lachance has been instrumental to Trinidad’s success over the years. A visionary at heart, not even he could have predicted the road that got him to where he is today. Continue reading