Guest post: Building a safety culture is no easy job in these unusual times

Trinidad Drilling General Manager of Global HSE Derek Hibbard
Derek Hibbard, General Manager, Global HSE

The last 18 months have been hectic. Coming off the worst recession in our history and trying to rebuild on the fly has definitely posed some challenges.

We have had to simultaneously juggle rig upgrades, address personnel, service shortages, and train hundreds of new Trinidad hands while doing everything we can to keep our best people from pursuing other opportunities in the industry. At the end of the day, none of this is new, just the latest iteration of the madness that reflects the cyclical nature of our business.

So the challenge is, and will continue to be, how do we develop and maintain a world-class safety culture amidst all of the chaos and continual noise?

The keys really are engagement and empowerment. Continue reading

3 reasons why ‘going international’ was this Rig Manager’s best career move

Since he started with Trinidad 13 years ago, Ben Kiemele has worked on our rigs in Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 601
Rig Manager Ben Kiemele in Bahrain

For a guy who had never traveled outside of Canada or been on an airplane prior to his first hitch in Mexico in 2008, he was quick to take to the international drilling scene.

“Going international was the best career move I’ve made,” said Ben, who is currently a Senior Rig Manager in charge of Rig 601 in Bahrain.

“It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s definitely been worth it.” Continue reading

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

3 focuses for an even safer 2018 at Trinidad Drilling

3 focuses for an even safer 2018

Last month, Derek Hibbard, our General Manager of Global HSE, shared four steps we took to ensure safety success when rig counts spiked in 2017. This week, Derek outlines a few of our plans for an even safer 2018.

As proud as we are of our safety record, we’re always gunning for a perfect score. In our pursuit of eliminating incidents of any kind on Trinidad’s rigs now and in years to come, here are three safety areas we’re focusing on this year. Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 601

This week on the blog, we’re taking a look at Trinidad Rig 601, the 2,000 HP desert driller destined for Bahrain in early 2018.

Originally designed to drill in the Ghawar oilfield in Saudi Arabia, this four-year-old Trinidad-built rig boasts a quick tear down and rig up design. It’s also equipped with our integrated control system and RigMinder technology platform for added efficiency, safety and performance.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 601

Learn more about the rig and its capabilities with ‘Trinidad Rig 601: New iron built to drill in Saudi Arabia,’ written when 601 was still on Canadian turf.

Rig word of the day: mast — #RigSpeak101

 

Drilling rig mast

The mast is one of the most recognizable parts of a drilling rig. Standing up to 50 metres (164 feet) high, our team uses QT100 advanced steel on our masts to make more space for equipment and reduce the overall weight of the structure.

Not to be confused with four-sided derricks, masts are three-sided structures with an open face.

Learn about other rig words like top drive, iron roughneck, monkeyboard and the rig floor in our #RigSpeak101 series.

Rig word of the day: substructure — #RigSpeak101

Drilling rig substructure

We mention substructures (a.k.a. “subs”) a lot on the blog, often in relation to moving or walking systems. Located directly over the well, the substructure raises, lowers and supports the rig floor, derrick and other rig floor components like the drawworks.

A common substructure is the slingshot sub. They begin in a folded position and are then unfolded as hydraulic cylinders or winches raise the rig into place. On a slingshot sub, all rig floor components are installed and rigged up with the floor lowered.

You can find slingshot substructures in action on our blog on Rig 38 and our 3,600 HP 700 series.