This is the first of two blog posts with Trinidad’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Adrian Lachance.
You name it, this guy’s done it. From auditioning for the hit TV series MacGyver in the 1980s, to starting two successful businesses, Red Deer, Alberta native and Trinidad’s COO has a story that’s sure to surprise you.
Known today for his passionate demeanor, extensive industry knowledge, and experience with technical drilling, Lachance has been instrumental to Trinidad’s success over the years. A visionary at heart, not even he could have predicted the road that got him to where he is today. Continue reading →
Rig Manager Wayne Adam’s career progression at Trinidad has been no different. Adam’s journey to his current gig on Rig 127 in Saudi Arabia began on Rig 106, when we expanded south of the 49th parallel in 2005. After ten plus years with us, Adam’s opinion of the company hasn’t changed one bit. Continue reading →
This week on the blog, we’re soaking in the warm morning air in Saudi Arabia with the crews on Rig 127, a 2000 HP AC Triple in our international fleet.
Did you know Rig 127 started its career as a new build in our US division in 2008? Before making the trip to Saudi, the rig underwent a series of upgrades to prepare for its new drilling program. Continue reading →
Trinidad’s mammoth 700 series are rigs everyone wants on their resume (and for good reason). When they were drilling in Villahermosa under our joint venture with Halliburton, these Mexican giants were doing more than catching the eyes of passersby.
A couple of weeks ago, we met Aaron Zurfluh, an Albertan now drilling in Saudi Arabia. In the international atmosphere on Rig 128, Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa have become good friends and co-workers. For them, coming from opposite sides of the world holds no barriers.
When they met a few months ago, the two men hit it off immediately. Now, they work together, eat together, and are friends on Facebook.
Today, we get Almoosa’s take on drilling in his home country, with people not just from Canada but from all over the world.
Part of that connection may come from having a lot in common: It’s amazing how similar the two men’s backgrounds are. Zurfluh was born on an Alberta farm; Almoosa and his brothers operate a farm in Saudi. And both of them found their way to the rigs.
Chris Porter, an ex-marine, is no stranger to adventure.
The Driller on Rig 126 in Saudi was a U.S. marine for four years, a tough job that took him into intense situations.
“I was in the United States Marine Corps for four years from 2002-2006,” said Porter. “I’ve done three tours to Iraq, and that was enough for me.”
After the marines, Porter started working in the industry on a compound rig in 2006.
“I live in East Texas, and I didn’t have anything lined up when I got back home,” he said. There was little work in most industries, such as paper milling, when he returned, “so I decided to jump onboard.”
He worked as a Floorhand, eventually moving up to Derrickman, and then as a Journeyman Electrician for a year and a half before deciding to return to the patch.