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3 ways we’ve enhanced our rig design to reduce emissions

We always share pictures of our rigs in the most beautiful landscapes. Our favourite shots are often the ones submitted by our crews. Not only do roughnecks love the iron they work on, but they love where they do it – away from city lights with front row seats to the best sunrises and sunsets around.

We share the same appreciation for the great outdoors as our crews do. That’s why we have an engineering and design team making sure we’re minimizing the environmental impact of our operations.

Read on as team leader and mechanical engineer, Jake Hamdan, shares the latest on how we have enhanced our rig fleet to reduce emissions. Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 601

This week on the blog, we’re taking a look at Trinidad Rig 601, the 2,000 HP desert driller destined for Bahrain in early 2018.

Originally designed to drill in the Ghawar oilfield in Saudi Arabia, this four-year-old Trinidad-built rig boasts a quick tear down and rig up design. It’s also equipped with our integrated control system and RigMinder technology platform for added efficiency, safety and performance.

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Learn more about the rig and its capabilities with ‘Trinidad Rig 601: New iron built to drill in Saudi Arabia,’ written when 601 was still on Canadian turf.

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Inside Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program: Part two

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about the rig upgrades we have underway to tackle west Texas’ long lateral wells. In addition to increasing mud pump capabilities, adding generators, and expanding racking capacities, we’re also modifying our rigs to drill more efficiently in response to low commodity prices.

Here are a few of the ways we’re adapting some of our top-performing US rig fleet to drill deeper…cheaper. Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 100

This week on the blog, we’re introducing our new spin on an old favourite!

Rig 100 holds a special place in the hearts of those that have been with Trinidad since the beginning. Well-known as a 1,500 HP SCR Triple and the first rig in our US fleet, recent upgrades have taken the ten-year-old rig to a whole new level. Currently drilling in the Permian Basin, the new and improved 2,000 HP AC XL (extended lateral) Triple is aiming for depths it wasn’t capable of…until now.

Read on as Ronald Williams, lead engineer on Rig 100’s recent upgrade, explains why this old favourite has people talking.

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Captain Kirk has nothing on this Driller

Trinidad Drilling's Rig 58 in Nisku, Alberta.Shawn McVey’s favourite part of the job is working with technology. So, the fact that he’s a Driller on one of our newest, most advanced rigs is a good fit. Trinidad Rig 58 boasts everything from fully integrated control systems, to its own water purification building, to an enclosed drill floor, to a moving system that allows its backyard to be moved with its centerpiece.

And for McVey, drilling controls are located on a cyber chair that looks like it would be at home on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

“Trinidad has given me the training and opportunities to work with the kind of advanced technology that most rig hands don’t get to work with their entire career,” said McVey, who started with Trinidad three years ago on Rig 57, a sophisticated machine in its own right.

We published other blog posts about Rig 58 while it was being built, but it’s been a few months since the nearly 60-metre-tall rig hit the field to drill natural gas in the Liard Basin in northern B.C., so now we want to give you a look at what it’s like to be at the helm of one of the largest rigs in North America.  Continue reading

5 ways top drives have revolutionized drilling

Trinidad Drilling rigThis 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.” Continue reading

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Trinidad Rig 58: A rig you’ll want to work on

At almost 58-metres high, Trinidad Rig 58 is one of the largest rigs in North America. And it’s not only imposing. It’s impressive. The 1,250-kip* rig is loaded with the most technically advanced drilling equipment in the business.

“It’s overwhelming to see the effort of so many produce a rig of this magnitude, with all of its bells and whistles.” – John Glunz, Rig Manager.

“I am honoured to be a part of a project of such technical focus,” said John Glunz, one of the Rig Managers who’ll be in charge of Rig 58. “It’s overwhelming to see the effort of so many produce a rig of this magnitude, with all of its bells and whistles.”

Rig 58, one of Trinidad’s newest rigs, is being built to reach depths over 8,000 metres and will drill natural gas in the Liard Basin, an area being developed to supply proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) plants on the west coast of British Columbia.

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“This rig will attract some elite work in the drilling field. Its size and capabilities are second to none,” said Glunz, who has been in the drilling business for 26 years, 16 of those as a Rig Manager. “I don’t foresee a big turnover in rig workers, as the rig design and long term steady work are a huge attraction.” Continue reading

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Trinidad Drilling reaches lowest TRIF in its history

Trinidad’s Canadian rigs are the safest they have ever been and some of the safest in the country.

“The company has achieved its lowest TRIF (total recordable incident frequency) in its history,” said Jay McNeil, Trinidad’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “In Canada, we’re 52 per cent better than the rest of the industry.”

At the end of June, the combined TRIF for Trinidad Specialty and Canadian Drilling was 1.48. A drilling company’s TRIF is a 12 month rolling average that indicates how often there is a recordable safety incident on a company’s rigs.

“This is an all-time low for us, so it’s a pretty significant milestone,” said McNeil. Continue reading

Spotlight on technology: How integrated control systems are changing drilling

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Advances in technology are changing the way crews work on drilling rigs.

At Trinidad, we are using integrated control systems to give Drillers the ability to control equipment from one main system in the safety of the cabin.

“New technologies will improve the safety of the rig crew by keeping them out of the way of dangerous equipment when possible,” explained Joel Hamonic, a Technical Coordinator with Trinidad Design & Manufacturing. Continue reading