We’ve been in a flurry of activity this year, crushing out upgrades on over thirty rigs selected for our 2017 Rig Upgrade Program. Most recently, our team in Nisku, Alberta cut the tape on the new-and-improved Rig 44, which was upgraded from a 750 HP SCR to a 1,000 HP AC-powered heavy telescopic double.
Proudly boasting “first-of-its-kind” status in our Canadian fleet, the rig and its crews were turned loose in the Montney Basin for the first time this week since the upgrade.
A Canadian fleet first
The combination of Rig 44’s high hook load, AC-power, 1,600 HP direct-drive mud pumps, and 7,500 PSI circulating system make it unique to our Canadian fleet. It’s also equipped with bi-fuel engines and a walking system capable of moving the rig with full setback (meaning the drill pipe is left in the derrick during the move).
Here’s a look at a few of Rig 44’s newest features:
2 x 1,600 HP mud pumps with direct-drive motors for increased space in the pump house
350-ton top drive to power through unconventional horizontal wells in the Montney Basin…and beyond!
Bi-fuel engines for ultimate optionality, enabling the rig to run on natural gas and/or diesel
2017 tune-ups at Trinidad
Want to see more of our 2017 upgrades in action? Check out Trinidad Rig 100, the first ever rig in our US fleet, with its new 1,000,000 lb. hook load, walking system, 25,000 foot racking system with 5 inch drill pipe, and 7,500 PSI capabilities.
The last time we caught up with Rig Manager, Kevin Dobson, the 10-year Trinidad veteran had just received CAODC’s safety excellence award. Today, Dobson and his crews are at the top of their game and are the proud new owners of Chevron’s 2016 award for operational excellence. Continue reading →
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 →
“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.
“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 →