This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Rig 129 in our
US fleet. Currently drilling in the Barnett Shale, this rig has proven to be the king of shallow horizontal wells in an urban setting.
Unlike Trinidad’s rigs operating in the
forests of northern British Columbia, or the sandy plains of Saudi Arabia, Rig 129 finds itself right at home around bustling urban centers. Thanks to its size, weight, and unique skidding system, the rig can maneuver around smaller pads in heavily populated areas with ease.
Trinidad Rig 130 (Rig 129’s “sister rig”) drilling in Arlington, Texas in 2012
Minimizing the rig’s environmental impact
Here’s how Rig 129 is doing its part in
minimizing its environmental footprint:
Rig 129’s generators are available on demand so they’re only running at peak when required.
The rig can be operated off of highline power, when available, to reduce emissions and generator noise.
Sound walls are constructed around the rig to minimize noise pollution.
With a smaller location size, the rig’s footprint is less intrusive.
When the rig is drilling in an urban area, trees are planted around the lease.
Self-diagnostic control system
Rig 129 also boasts an automatic driller and touchscreen controls to monitor drilling parameters remotely, like weight on bit and rate of penetration.
Looking for more Trinidad
rig profiles? Check out Rig 100, another rig in our US fleet, recently upgraded to drill in the Permian Basin in west Texas.
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 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.
This is the second post in Trinidad’s three-part series on top drives .
A game changer. It’s someone or something that comes along and alters the status quo. Like Wayne Gretzky for hockey, Peyton Manning for football, Tiger Woods for golf and the top drive for drilling.
Brent Kryzanowski, General Manager, Canadian Operations and Top Drive expert for Trinidad’s Canadian fleet, started as a Motorhand with Trinidad in 1996. He’s seen, first hand, how the industry has been “revolutionized” by top drive technology. (Pun intended.)
“Drilling with a top drive allows operators to reach areas and milestones in
measured depths of horizontal wells that would not be accessible with conventional rotary drilling,” explained Kryzanowski.
Here are five ways top drives improve efficiency and allow drilling contractors to “go boldly where they’ve never gone before.”
This is the first post in Trinidad’s three-part series on top drives.
There is no question that top drives have changed the drilling industry. They have made rigs safer and more efficient. Plus, the technology allows us to reach drilling targets that were once considered unreachable.
“The top drive drilling system is one of the most significant advancements in drilling technology,” said
Brent Kryzanowski, General Manager, Canadian Operations and the Top Drive expert for Trinidad’s Canadian fleet.
In this post, Kryzanowski explains how the
game-changing innovation works. Continue reading