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

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Rig speak 101: It’s all about the mud

On a rig, mud does a lot more than land on your coveralls. The mud that circulates through a well bore is instrumental to oil and gas drilling.

In last week’s blog post, we gave you a look at a day in the life of a Derrickhand. The Derrickhand’s responsibilities include maintaining the rig’s mud systems and mud properties. This week, we want to give newcomers to the drilling business a guide to the sophisticated world of mud!

What role does mud play in the drilling process?

When a hole is being drilled, drilling fluids or “mud” is circulated through the well bore. This mud performs many functions including:

  • Bringing “cuttings” to the surface (cuttings are fragments of rock dislodged by the bit)
  • Cooling and lubricating the drill bit
  • Controlling pressure
  • Stabilizing the hole

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