Inside Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program: Part one

This is the first post in our two-part series on Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program.

Anyone that’s been in our industry for a period of time understands we don’t stand still for long. Oilfield technology is ever-evolving in response to changing prices, oil and gas plays, and demand. That’s why our team selected just over 30 rigs in Trinidad’s fleet to undergo upgrades in 2017.

When we finish up this year’s upgrade program, half of Trinidad’s US rigs will classify as ultra high-spec, modified to meet customer demand in west Texas.

“Our drilling environment is changing with deeper, more challenging lateral wells, and low commodity prices,” explained David Gibson, Trinidad’s Senior VP of US Operations. “So we’re upgrading US rigs, backed by contracts, to tackle longer and deeper wells, and drill more efficiently.”

Gibson walked us through some of the upgrades underway to take on west Texas’ long lateral wells. Here’s what you need to know: Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling rig crew

Trinidad drills record lateral well in Texas

The crew of Trinidad Rig 135 has earned some bragging rights. Earlier this fall, in Panola County, Texas, they completed the longest lateral that Anadarko Petroleum has ever drilled. 

Horizontal length: 12,606 feet
True vertical depth: 10,859 feet
Measured depth: 22,443 feet

Crew expertise and training was, I think, the key to this achievement,” said Andy Gilcreast, Rig Manager of Rig 135. “Crews were motivated and determined to accomplish this feat while keeping safety the overall highest priority.” Continue reading