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

Hockey & rigs? Randy Hawkings explains the connection

Randy Hawkings Trinidad Drilling

When Trinidad acquired CanElson in August 2015, one of the big benefits was welcoming CanElson president and CEO, Randy Hawkings, to our team.

He’s our new Executive Vice-President, Canadian and Mexico Operations, and he brings lots of experience with him — in engineering, management, and many other areas of the drilling business.

He’s a lot of fun to talk to, and has lots of cool perspectives on the industry. Read on to learn about Hawkings’ philosophy on drilling, his history and why he’s so passionate about the drilling industry.

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The envelope, please: Trinidad 445 wins Golden Drilling Rig Award

Trinidad Rig 445

One of Trinidad’s exploration and production customers in the United States holds its own Drilling Academy Awards every month. Much like Oscar himself, the award is golden for the winning drilling company.

Maybe that’s why they call it the Golden Drilling Rig Award.

In September 2015, when the envelope was torn open, it revealed the winner as Trinidad Rig 445, operating near Midland, Texas, in the Permian Basin.

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Looking back on 2015: 5 big milestones at Trinidad

Everyone knows that 2015 was a challenging year in the oilpatch.

Yet at Trinidad Drilling, we took on those challenges and continued moving forward with exciting new rig technology, our joint ventures in new locations, and an important acquisition that made us bigger and stronger.

Most importantly, Trinidad also maintained its super-impressive safety record. No matter what, safety is always number one at Trinidad.

Take a peek at five of our most impressive milestones in 2015, and celebrate with us (click to enlarge infographic).

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