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.
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, a look at Rig 58, a 3,000 HP AC Triple in our Canadian fleet loaded with the most technologically advanced drilling equipment in the business.
This week on the blog, an up-close look at Rig 142, a CanDrill 1,500 HP AC Triple in our US fleet currently drilling in Midland County, Texas.
This week on the blog, an up-close look at Rig 138, a 1,500 HP AC Triple in our US fleet. This speedster is currently operating in the Permian.
Take a look at our other profiles of Rig 703 and Rig 57!
Interested in the rest of our rigs? Visit our website for details on all the rigs in our Canadian, US and International divisions.
This is the second post in our two-part pad drilling series.
Two weeks ago, Wayne Kuzio and a few of his Rig Managers took us through a quick crash course with pad drilling 101. This week, we’ll dive into the environmental benefits of pad drilling and its advantages to customers, crews and drilling contractors. Continue reading
This is the first post in Trinidad’s two-part pad drilling series.
Pad drilling is the real meal deal – a real “win-win”. According to Wayne Kuzio (Sr. Field Superintendent, industry veteran and pad drilling advocate), it has a firm place in the future of drilling.
“The benefits of pad drilling are even more important during low commodity pricing. It just makes sense from an efficiency, cost, time and environmental standpoint,” said Kuzio.
“In times like these, reducing costs and time per well is something I think we can all get onboard with.”
Kuzio is responsible for a number of rigs in our Canadian fleet, including Rigs 37 and 38, currently drilling on a pad near Fox Creek, Alberta (pictured below).
In this post, he and a few of his Rig Managers give us a pad drilling 101 crash course to explain how it all works. Continue reading