The year’s best photos

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing our most popular photos on social media this year.

As always, we encourage you to submit your best Trinidad Drilling photos for a chance to be featured on our social media pages. Please be safe and respectful of operator guidelines regarding cell phone and camera usage at the rig. When submitting your photos to socialmedia@trinidaddrilling.com, please include the rig number, the date the photo was taken, and the photo’s location.

Thank you to all those who submitted beautiful shots from the field throughout 2017!

Here are some of the best from our LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds this year: 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

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

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 57

This week on the blog, a peek at Rig 57, one of our lean mean drillin’ machines in Canada. Pack your bags, boys – the backyard is movin’ too!

Trinidad Drilling Rig 57 Profile

Did you know Rig 57 also has a two-storey combination building that walks separately from the substructure?

Keep an eye out for more rig profiles on the blog! Any rigs in particular you’d like to see?

Click here for details on all the rigs in our Canadian, US and International fleets.

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

Spotlight on technology: Rigs that can really move

Trinidad Rig 58 being built in Nisku, Alta.
Trinidad Rig 58 being built in Nisku, Alta.

Our “Spotlight on technology” blog series is all about innovations that are improving the way we drill oil and gas wells, but this post isn’t so much about what happens while drilling as what happens in-between wells. We’re talking about rig moving systems.

“Moving systems are continually increasing in functionality, ease of use and scope of application,” said Darren Self, a Design Engineer with Trinidad Design & Manufacturing.

Self walked us through some of what’s new with moving systems built for multi-well pad drilling. Continue reading

Your photos: Vote for the best rig shot

When you look at these shots taken by members of Trinidad’s Canadian drilling team, it’s easy to understand why roughnecks love to work outdoors.

Here are eight of our favourite photos sent in by Trinidad rig hands (who should also moonlight as photographers). Tell us your pick for the best photo by voting at the bottom of this page.

8 photos from the field

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Leadership recognized at CAODC Safety Awards

The location of Rig 57 in Alberta
The location of Rig 57 in Alberta

Kevin Dobson has proven you can have both safety and performance on a rig; it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Dobson, a Rig Manager on our team, has led Rig 57 to over 600 days without a recordable incident – all while drilling record holes for depth and size in the area where the rig is deployed south of Fort McMurray, Alta.

Dobson’s commitment to safety is the reason he received this year’s CAODC Safety Excellence Award for Trinidad Drilling.

Strong leadership = safe crews

Every spring, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) presents safety awards after the winter-drilling season. This tradition has been going on for 34 years. Safety scrolls are given to senior crew members who lead their teams to 200 consecutive days without a recordable incident. Stand-out crews are also nominated by their companies to receive special Safety Excellence Awards (what Dobson received). Continue reading

Rig spotlight: Trinidad Rig 57

If you’ve been following our blog posts, you probably know by now we’re proud of our fleet of 134 rigs (and growing). We are proud of the advanced technology used to build them, and we are proud of the best-in-the-business crews who operate them safely. Our “Rig spotlight” series is all about – ­to be honest – bragging up these rigs. This week we want to tell you about Rig 57.

The rig:

Rig 57 has been in operation since April 2012. Its Rig Manager, Kevin Dobson, explained that the relatively new rig was built for its current project – SAGD-well drilling south of Fort McMurray, Alta. (SAGD is an acronym for Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage). Continue reading