How to stay busy during spring break-up in Canada

3 ways to stay busy during spring break-up in Canada

Drilling activity in western Canada is busiest during the winter months. From October to mid-March, cold temperatures freeze the ground enough for drilling companies to move rigs without damaging municipal roads.

Come April, as temperatures rise, the ground thaws, and road bans are put in place, a number of rigs are shut down and stacked for what the industry calls “spring break-up.” Typically lasting anywhere from six weeks to three months (depending on weather, activity levels, and the rig’s location), crews are laid off to wait out the thaw.

“Lots of hands look for temporary work during break-up, often picking up seasonal jobs like landscaping or farming,” explained Trisha Hennig, Field Services Manager in our Canadian division. “Others budget throughout the year and take the time off to travel.” Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling rig hand

Spring break-up: What is it and what does it mean for rig crews?

College students get spring break. Roughnecks have spring break-up.

Many Canadian rig crews head back to work in June after enjoying some time off in the spring. If you are new to the drilling industry or you work in a warmer climate, you may not be familiar with the term “spring break-up.” That’s OK because Bradey Benoit, Rig Manager of Trinidad Rig 6, has 16 years of drilling in Canada under his belt and volunteered to help us explain what spring break-up means. Continue reading