3 reasons why ‘going international’ was this Rig Manager’s best career move

Since he started with Trinidad 13 years ago, Ben Kiemele has worked on our rigs in Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 601
Rig Manager Ben Kiemele in Bahrain

For a guy who had never traveled outside of Canada or been on an airplane prior to his first hitch in Mexico in 2008, he was quick to take to the international drilling scene.

“Going international was the best career move I’ve made,” said Ben, who is currently a Senior Rig Manager in charge of Rig 601 in Bahrain.

“It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s definitely been worth it.” Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 601

This week on the blog, we’re taking a look at Trinidad Rig 601, the 2,000 HP desert driller destined for Bahrain in early 2018.

Originally designed to drill in the Ghawar oilfield in Saudi Arabia, this four-year-old Trinidad-built rig boasts a quick tear down and rig up design. It’s also equipped with our integrated control system and RigMinder technology platform for added efficiency, safety and performance.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 601

Learn more about the rig and its capabilities with ‘Trinidad Rig 601: New iron built to drill in Saudi Arabia,’ written when 601 was still on Canadian turf.

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

Trinidad Rig 601

You never know where a career with Trinidad Drilling will take you

When people think about international assignments, they don’t usually think of roughnecks, but they should!

Trinidad Drilling has expanded our operations into Saudi Arabia, one of the top oil-producing countries in the world, so we’re sending close to 20 Floorhands and Derrickhands from our U.S. and Canadian crews on international assignment.

The assignment: Saudi Arabia

Trinidad has moved three upgraded rigs, and is moving a newly built, state-of-the-art rig, to the Khurais oilfield, about three and a half hours southwest of Dammam, the capital of the Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.

Trinidad crews have a reputation in the industry for being highly skilled and knowledgeable. That is why we’re sending some of our Floorhands and Derrickhands on temporary foreign assignment – so they can help train our new rig hands in the region on Trinidad’s commitment to safety and performance.

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Behind the scenes of a Trinidad Drilling rig build

On the side of our newest rig, its name is displayed in white letters: “Trinidad Drilling International 601.”Trinidad 601

Rig 601 has truly earned the “International” moniker. En route to its drilling destination in Saudi Arabia, Rig 601 has been from Canada to the U.S. to the United Arab Emirates – all in a matter of months.

In last week’s blog post, Drew Jacobi, the Rig Up Supervisor on Rig 601, explained what makes 601 state-of-the-art (it can move locations quickly and features advanced control and depth-tracking systems). For this week’s post, Jacobi explained how the high-tech machine came to life. Continue reading

Spotlight on technology: How integrated control systems are changing drilling

Trinidad Drilling, driller

Advances in technology are changing the way crews work on drilling rigs.

At Trinidad, we are using integrated control systems to give Drillers the ability to control equipment from one main system in the safety of the cabin.

“New technologies will improve the safety of the rig crew by keeping them out of the way of dangerous equipment when possible,” explained Joel Hamonic, a Technical Coordinator with Trinidad Design & Manufacturing. Continue reading