Drug and alcohol testing oilfield

Drilling rigs are no place for drugs and alcohol

This is the first post in our two-part series on pre-employment testing in our US division.

It’s as simple as this: there’s no place for substance abuse on a drilling rig. That’s why every rig hand that receives an employment offer with Trinidad has to pass a mandatory drug and alcohol test prior to hitting the field.

“Trinidad has a zero-tolerance policy for substance abuse,” explained Amanda Vaught, HR Supervisor based out of our Houston, Texas office. “We work endlessly to ensure our crews go home in the same shape they came to work in and confirming they’re fit-for-duty is a crucial step in making sure that happens.”

Read on as Vaught explains part one of the pre-employment testing process in our US division. Here’s how drug and alcohol testing works. Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 10

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Rig 10, a Range III Single in our Canadian fleet. Currently drilling west of Virden, Manitoba, this rig has proven to be a customer favourite in the Williston Basin.

Our Manitoba crews enjoy working eight-hour days close to home, spending evenings with their families, rather than at rig camps or hotels. Oh, and the views are pretty great too!

Trinidad Drilling Rig 10 Profile

Triples, Doubles, Singles

You name it, we’ve got it. At 149 rigs strong, you can find Trinidad’s fleet in Canada, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.

Check out these recent posts in our rig profile series:

Trinidad Drilling International Rig Accommodations

Rig speak 101: Livin’ that camp life

Rig hands can spend up to half the year away from home, often working in remote locations, and sometimes in other countries. Exposed to the elements for up to twelve and a half hours a shift, they need to be well-rested and well-fed to perform their duties safely and efficiently on the rig.

For newcomers to the drilling business, here’s a look at where rig hands hang their hats at the end of the day. Welcome to camp life! Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling moving system

Inside Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program: Part two

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about the rig upgrades we have underway to tackle west Texas’ long lateral wells. In addition to increasing mud pump capabilities, adding generators, and expanding racking capacities, we’re also modifying our rigs to drill more efficiently in response to low commodity prices.

Here are a few of the ways we’re adapting some of our top-performing US rig fleet to drill deeper…cheaper. Continue reading

Inside Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program: Part one

This is the first post in our two-part series on Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program.

Anyone that’s been in our industry for a period of time understands we don’t stand still for long. Oilfield technology is ever-evolving in response to changing prices, oil and gas plays, and demand. That’s why our team selected just over 30 rigs in Trinidad’s fleet to undergo upgrades in 2017.

When we finish up this year’s upgrade program, half of Trinidad’s US rigs will classify as ultra high-spec, modified to meet customer demand in west Texas.

“Our drilling environment is changing with deeper, more challenging lateral wells, and low commodity prices,” explained David Gibson, Trinidad’s Senior VP of US Operations. “So we’re upgrading US rigs, backed by contracts, to tackle longer and deeper wells, and drill more efficiently.”

Gibson walked us through some of the upgrades underway to take on west Texas’ long lateral wells. Here’s what you need to know: Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 129

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing Rig 129 in our US fleet. Currently drilling in the Barnett Shale, this rig has proven to be the king of shallow horizontal wells in an urban setting.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 129

City drillin’

Unlike Trinidad’s rigs operating in the forests of northern British Columbia, or the sandy plains of Saudi Arabia, Rig 129 finds itself right at home around bustling urban centers. Thanks to its size, weight, and unique skidding system, the rig can maneuver around smaller pads in heavily populated areas with ease.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 130
Trinidad Rig 130 (Rig 129’s “sister rig”) drilling in Arlington, Texas in 2012

Minimizing the rig’s environmental impact

Here’s how Rig 129 is doing its part in minimizing its environmental footprint:

  • Rig 129’s generators are available on demand so they’re only running at peak when required.
  • The rig can be operated off of highline power, when available, to reduce emissions and generator noise.
  • Sound walls are constructed around the rig to minimize noise pollution.
  • With a smaller location size, the rig’s footprint is less intrusive.
  • When the rig is drilling in an urban area, trees are planted around the lease.

Self-diagnostic control system

Rig 129 also boasts an automatic driller and touchscreen controls to monitor drilling parameters remotely, like weight on bit and rate of penetration.

Looking for more Trinidad rig profiles? Check out Rig 100, another rig in our US fleet, recently upgraded to drill in the Permian Basin in west Texas.

Roughneck raised with Les and Gaston Hodge

Roughneck raised with Les Hodge

With his dad working on and off the rigs since he was eight years old, Les Hodge understands what it means to be roughneck raised.

Working a 20 and 10 schedule, Hodge’s dad would fly to Alberta for 20 days of work then make the 6,000 km trip back to spend ten days at home in Savage Cove, Newfoundland. No matter how tempted he may have been to relax on his days off, his dad was always determined to make the most of his time with family. Continue reading

Meet Christopher Suitt: motorhand and military man

Christopher Suitt, childhood buddy John, Christopher’s grandpa

Being a soldier is in Christopher Suitt’s blood. Born into a long line of veterans, Suitt’s family has been in the U.S. military for close to 90 consecutive years. His grandfather served, his uncles served, and his cousins continue to serve.

We caught up with the Motorhand on Rig 446 and sergeant in the United States Army, as he finishes up his last hitch before his first overseas tour.

In this Q&A, Suitt talks about why the rigs turned out to be a perfect fit for his military background. Continue reading