Managing ‘snaky’ situations in West Texas

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
A western diamondback rattlesnake pictured at one of Trinidad’s West Texas rig sites

Hey, we get it. Being tough is an unwritten roughneck prerequisite, so you’re not about to get scared off by a snake or two on the lease.

Right….

To all those who have jumped out of their skin after being startled by a rattlesnake hiding under rig matting – your secret’s safe with us.

Working around venomous snakes is a reality West Texas rig hands have to be prepared for.

“Western diamondbacks, coral snakes, tarantulas, scorpions…you name ‘em, we’ve got ‘em in West Texas,” said Marco Rocha, our HSE supervisor based out of Midland, Texas.

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Trinidad Drilling Rig 137

Rig safety: how to stay safe during tornado season

According to U.S. Tornadoes, an average of 1,224 tornadoes touch down each year across the United States. With Texas being the hottest spot for twister activity, and the majority of our U.S. rig fleet drilling there, tornado safety is always on our radar.

HSE Field Coordinator, Alex Cavazos, has been preparing rig crews for severe weather for the last five years. A native of Texas, Alex understands the affects severe weather can have on a worksite.

“As with any safety-sensitive situation, the best way to handle severe weather is to be proactive and well-prepared,” explained Alex.

Keep reading for his team’s safety tips at the rig when the skies take a turn for the worse. Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling rig crew

Trinidad drills record lateral well in Texas

The crew of Trinidad Rig 135 has earned some bragging rights. Earlier this fall, in Panola County, Texas, they completed the longest lateral that Anadarko Petroleum has ever drilled. 

Horizontal length: 12,606 feet
True vertical depth: 10,859 feet
Measured depth: 22,443 feet

Crew expertise and training was, I think, the key to this achievement,” said Andy Gilcreast, Rig Manager of Rig 135. “Crews were motivated and determined to accomplish this feat while keeping safety the overall highest priority.” Continue reading

Where to find Trinidad’s U.S. rigs

Thanks to a boom in shale oil extraction, the United States is now seen as the world’s biggest oil producer, pumping out 8.5 million barrels of crude per day in July. Trinidad drills in four different countries, but around half of our fleet is working in the thriving U.S. market.

“We’re operating in most of the major shale basins in the U.S.,” explained Tom Horton, Vice President of Business Development and Contracts with Trinidad Drilling’s U.S. division.

Here is an overview of Trinidad’s U.S. operations. Continue reading