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.
We’re always looking for innovative approaches to tackle our customers’ toughest drilling programs. Most recently, our Canadian sales and marketing group teamed up with Trinidad’s top drive expert, Brent Kryzanowski, General Manager, Canadian Operations, to come up with a top drive plan a little out of the ordinary.
“Our customer’s drilling program needed a top drive that could handle continuous 30,000 ft-lbs and 160 RPM to power through a tough formation,” explained Kryzanowski. “So we decided to upgrade a top drive with National Oilwell Varco that has worked really well for us.”
Let’s sort out the lingo
If you’re new to motors or the industry, Kryzanowski likely lost you at “30,000 ft-lbs”. Not to worry – we’ll break it down. Continue reading
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
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