Trinidad Rig 57

Behind the scenes of a Trinidad rig move: Rig 57 heads south

If you’ve been following us on social media, you know our team’s been busy moving one of our Canadian rigs to Midland, Texas. Selected by the customer to make the 3,500 km (2,175 mile) trek because of its unique pad drilling capabilities, Rig 57 just made its debut in the Permian Basin. According to Baker Hughes, it joins half of the active oil rigs in the United States in this play.

Mega pad monster

The 1,500 HP Triple’s moving system is what really sets it apart from other rigs in west Texas. With advanced moving systems on both the center section (the derrick and substructure) and compound, Rig 57 can walk from well-to-well with flexibility and ease. Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling Rig 56

Rig spotlight: Trinidad Rig 56

After 20 years in the business, we understand each drilling program has its unique challenges. That’s why we’ve designed and upgraded our rigs with features like back-up secondary systems, centralized control systems, moving systems and safety enhancements to drill deeper, longer and more technically challenging wells.

Rig 56, Trinidad’s first 2000 HP rig added to our fleet in 2011, is no exception. Designed with both natural gas and diesel-powered engines, we’re able to adapt the rig’s power source to fit our customer’s drilling programs. Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling Rigs T37 and T38 Fox Creek Alberta April 2016

Spotlight on technology: Pad drilling 101 with Wayne Kuzio

This is the first post in Trinidad’s two-part pad drilling series.

Pad drilling is the real meal deal – a real “win-win”. According to Wayne Kuzio (Sr. Field Superintendent, industry veteran and pad drilling advocate), it has a firm place in the future of drilling.

“The benefits of pad drilling are even more important during low commodity pricing. It just makes sense from an efficiency, cost, time and environmental standpoint,” said Kuzio.

“In times like these, reducing costs and time per well is something I think we can all get onboard with.”

Kuzio is responsible for a number of rigs in our Canadian fleet, including Rigs 37 and 38, currently drilling on a pad near Fox Creek, Alberta (pictured below).

In this post, he and a few of his Rig Managers give us a pad drilling 101 crash course to explain how it all works. Continue reading

[Photos] Sunsets and safety milestones: Favourite shots from Trinidad Drilling

In the drilling business, we have our own genre of landscape photography where image composition usually looks something like this: big rigs standing tall and proud against stunning skies.

We know you love rig photos (and we do, too). So we dug into our image library and combed through photos we’ve shared on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to put together this gallery of some of our favourites.

Tell us your top pick in the comments below or on one of our social media channels.

Enjoy!

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Spotlight on technology: Making big rigs lighter

Trinidad Drilling's Rig 56 in Western Canada.
Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 56

When people think of engineering marvels, they usually think of bridges and dams. Drilling rigs may not be as visible to the public, but achievements in the design and manufacturing of these machines deserve some of the accolades, too.

For example, the engineering team at Trinidad Design & Manufacturing is finding ways to slim down large-capacity rigs by using lighter, but stronger, construction materials in our masts.

“As we go forward, drilling processes are getting more complicated – there is more equipment and bigger equipment involved,” explained Darren Self, one of Trinidad’s Mechanical Design Engineers. “As you start adding more equipment to existing rig designs, space becomes an issue.” Continue reading