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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4 ways international drilling gigs are life changing

Michael Portman has wanted to drill internationally since he started working on the rigs 10 years ago, so when Trinidad put out a bulletin asking for employees to go on assignment to Saudi Arabia, he applied that day.

“I’ve always wanted to go work overseas, so when the opportunity came up, I couldn’t say no,” said Portman, a Derrickhand from Vancouver, B.C.

Portman just finished his first hitch on Rig 126, an upgraded triple operating in the Khurais oil field, about three and a half hours southwest of Dammam, the capital of Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.

It’s early days, but here are four things Portman is getting to experience on this new adventure:  Continue reading

Rig spotlight: 4 rigs getting ready for Mexico

Trinidad Design and Manufacturing’s headquarters in Nisku, Alberta, has been a flurry of activity this year. Our team there has been busy building new iron. Their current project? Four new rigs for Trinidad’s joint-venture operations in Mexico. When the rigs are finished, they’ll be the tallest in Trinidad’s fleet.

Here’s what you need to know about Trinidad’s new Mexican rigs:

Their names:

Rigs 701, 702, 703 and 704

Where they’ll be drilling:

The new, state-of-the-art rigs will operate in the area around Villahermosa, Mexico, through an international joint venture between Trinidad and Halliburton. The city of Villahermosa is an epicenter for oil and gas activity in Mexico. Continue reading

Behind the scenes of a Trinidad Drilling rig build

On the side of our newest rig, its name is displayed in white letters: “Trinidad Drilling International 601.”Trinidad 601

Rig 601 has truly earned the “International” moniker. En route to its drilling destination in Saudi Arabia, Rig 601 has been from Canada to the U.S. to the United Arab Emirates – all in a matter of months.

In last week’s blog post, Drew Jacobi, the Rig Up Supervisor on Rig 601, explained what makes 601 state-of-the-art (it can move locations quickly and features advanced control and depth-tracking systems). For this week’s post, Jacobi explained how the high-tech machine came to life. Continue reading

International drilling: A Texas-based Driller starts work in Saudi Arabia

Brandon Skelton (right)
Brandon Skelton (right)

Trinidad Driller Brandon Skelton just finished his first rotation in Saudi Arabia and the born-and-raised Texan has already rode a camel and learned some Arabic.

“My grandfather made his living working for Aramco (a national oil and gas company in Saudi Arabia) from the late ‘70s to the mid-‘90s. It has always been in my plans to go international and follow in his footsteps,” said Skelton, who started his career on the rigs 12 years ago. Continue reading

Drilling: A career without borders

We talk a lot in our blog about the opportunities our rig hands have for career growth, but we understand career growth means different things to different people. For some, it is as much about getting to work in new places as it is about moving up the corporate ladder.

Because we drill throughout North America and are now expanding into Saudi Arabia, our employees have opportunities to work internationally. Take Cam Good. He’s a born and raised Albertan who works as a Field Superintendent with Trinidad’s operations in Mexico.

About Cam Good, Field Superintendent:

Work location: Based out of Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
Home: Alberta, Canada
Years of drilling experience: 27
Schedule: 28/28 rotation. 28 days at work, two days of travel and 26 days at home with his family. Continue reading