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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 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

[Photos] Sunsets and safety milestones: Favourite shots from Trinidad Drilling

In the drilling business, we have our own genre of landscape photography where image composition usually looks something like this: big rigs standing tall and proud against stunning skies.

We know you love rig photos (and we do, too). So we dug into our image library and combed through photos we’ve shared on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to put together this gallery of some of our favourites.

Tell us your top pick in the comments below or on one of our social media channels.

Enjoy!

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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

Captain Kirk has nothing on this Driller

Trinidad Drilling's Rig 58 in Nisku, Alberta.Shawn McVey’s favourite part of the job is working with technology. So, the fact that he’s a Driller on one of our newest, most advanced rigs is a good fit. Trinidad Rig 58 boasts everything from fully integrated control systems, to its own water purification building, to an enclosed drill floor, to a moving system that allows its backyard to be moved with its centerpiece.

And for McVey, drilling controls are located on a cyber chair that looks like it would be at home on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

“Trinidad has given me the training and opportunities to work with the kind of advanced technology that most rig hands don’t get to work with their entire career,” said McVey, who started with Trinidad three years ago on Rig 57, a sophisticated machine in its own right.

We published other blog posts about Rig 58 while it was being built, but it’s been a few months since the nearly 60-metre-tall rig hit the field to drill natural gas in the Liard Basin in northern B.C., so now we want to give you a look at what it’s like to be at the helm of one of the largest rigs in North America.  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

5 things that make Trinidad Drilling rigs stand out

Trinidad Rig 58Trinidad’s rigs stand out. Literally. Trinidad Rig 58, pictured here, is nearly 60-metres high and is one of the largest rigs in North America. But our strength as a drilling contractor is not just about size. It’s about the performance of our rigs in the field.

Jeff Mitton, a Contracts Manager with Trinidad’s Canadian division, helped explain five reasons why Trinidad’s rigs stand out for the crews who work on them and for the customers who work with them. Continue reading

5 ways top drives have revolutionized drilling

Trinidad Drilling rigThis is the second post in Trinidad’s three-part series on top drives. 

A game changer. It’s someone or something that comes along and alters the status quo. Like Wayne Gretzky for hockey, Peyton Manning for football, Tiger Woods for golf and the top drive for drilling.

Brent Kryzanowski, General Manager, Canadian Operations and Top Drive expert for Trinidad’s Canadian fleet, started as a Motorhand with Trinidad in 1996. He’s seen, first hand, how the industry has been “revolutionized” by top drive technology. (Pun intended.)

“Drilling with a top drive allows operators to reach areas and milestones in measured depths of horizontal wells that would not be accessible with conventional rotary drilling,” explained Kryzanowski.

Here are five ways top drives improve efficiency and allow drilling contractors to “go boldly where they’ve never gone before.” Continue reading

Trinidad Rig 58

Trinidad Rig 58: A rig you’ll want to work on

At almost 58-metres high, Trinidad Rig 58 is one of the largest rigs in North America. And it’s not only imposing. It’s impressive. The 1,250-kip* rig is loaded with the most technically advanced drilling equipment in the business.

“It’s overwhelming to see the effort of so many produce a rig of this magnitude, with all of its bells and whistles.” – John Glunz, Rig Manager.

“I am honoured to be a part of a project of such technical focus,” said John Glunz, one of the Rig Managers who’ll be in charge of Rig 58. “It’s overwhelming to see the effort of so many produce a rig of this magnitude, with all of its bells and whistles.”

Rig 58, one of Trinidad’s newest rigs, is being built to reach depths over 8,000 metres and will drill natural gas in the Liard Basin, an area being developed to supply proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) plants on the west coast of British Columbia.

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“This rig will attract some elite work in the drilling field. Its size and capabilities are second to none,” said Glunz, who has been in the drilling business for 26 years, 16 of those as a Rig Manager. “I don’t foresee a big turnover in rig workers, as the rig design and long term steady work are a huge attraction.” Continue reading