Rig 134 earns its fifth spot on Pioneer’s ‘Rig Team of the Quarter’ trophy

Dustin Brown, Drilling Superintendent; Gary Malmay, Driller; Brandon Hobbs, Rig Manager

If you are going to do something, do it to the best of your ability.

That mindset has been a defining one for Chad Britt throughout his career. Born into a long line of roughnecks, the Louisiana native is one of the Rig Managers on Rig 134, a trophy-clad triple in our U.S. fleet with a track record of accomplishment.

“I’ve always taught my crews to strive for their very best,” said Chad.

“Rig 134 isn’t gunning for awards, we just want to be a benefit to Trinidad and do our jobs to the highest standard.”

As it turns out, when you are passionate about doing a great job, awards and recognition tend to follow. Continue reading

Dustin Brown, US Field Superintendent and his family

New country, same Thanksgiving blessings

Family feasts, football games, parade floats, and Black Friday finds are common Thanksgiving traditions in the US this time of year. No matter the Thanksgiving tradition, family and friends are often at the heart of the festivities.

For Field Superintendent Dustin Brown, his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, this year’s celebrations will be a little different. Not only will it be the family’s first American Thanksgiving as US residents since Dustin’s promotion from Rig Manager, but Dustin will be home to celebrate.

“I’m always thankful for a healthy family and the opportunity to provide for them, but this year we’re especially grateful for the time we’ll have together.” 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

Trinidad Drilling Rig 123

Celebrating seven safe years on Rig 123

Rig 123, not only an impressive 1500 HP Triple, but also our longest no recordable incidents record holder in the US at seven years (and counting).

Since their start with Trinidad Drilling on Rig 100 in 2005, Rig Managers Dustin Ulcak and Nathan McDonald have seen the company grow from 22 rigs in our US division to 66 rigs today.

Although Ulcak has thoroughly enjoyed every teal green rig he’s worked on in his 11 years with us, he’ll be the first to admit there’s something special about the culture and crews on Rig 123.

“… I look forward to coming to work each hitch. When a man looks forward to going to work, it’s ‘cause he knows it’s a safe and enjoyable place to be.”

When we asked Ulcak about Rig 123’s seven year safety success, it was obvious from the input he received from the crew that they too would describe the rig’s culture as something out of the ordinary.

Read on as Ulcak shares five of the crews’ tried and true tips on keeping everyone safe over the past seven years. Continue reading

Hockey & rigs? Randy Hawkings explains the connection

Randy Hawkings Trinidad Drilling

When Trinidad acquired CanElson in August 2015, one of the big benefits was welcoming CanElson president and CEO, Randy Hawkings, to our team.

He’s our new Executive Vice-President, Canadian and Mexico Operations, and he brings lots of experience with him — in engineering, management, and many other areas of the drilling business.

He’s a lot of fun to talk to, and has lots of cool perspectives on the industry. Read on to learn about Hawkings’ philosophy on drilling, his history and why he’s so passionate about the drilling industry.

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The envelope, please: Trinidad 445 wins Golden Drilling Rig Award

Trinidad Rig 445

One of Trinidad’s exploration and production customers in the United States holds its own Drilling Academy Awards every month. Much like Oscar himself, the award is golden for the winning drilling company.

Maybe that’s why they call it the Golden Drilling Rig Award.

In September 2015, when the envelope was torn open, it revealed the winner as Trinidad Rig 445, operating near Midland, Texas, in the Permian Basin.

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Guest post: 6 safe years on Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 124

Trinidad Drilling's Rig 124 in the U.S.Brandon Merriman and Trinidad Drilling have a “from the beginning” kind of relationship. The Rig Manager has worked with Trinidad since he started his drilling career more than eight years ago, and he has worked on Rig 124 from the time it hit the field in 2009.

“I bleed Trinidad green,” said Merriman, who lives in northern Louisiana and has seen Trinidad’s U.S. division grow from its early days (we started operating south of the 49th parallel in 2005).

Merriman was at Rig 124’s helm when it celebrated six years without a recordable incident in June. This week, we decided to hand the blog over to Merriman to talk about his rig’s safety journey: Continue reading

And the award goes to . . . Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 134

Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 134 wins Pioneer's Rig of the Quarter award.

Any roughneck would agree that this is one good lookin’ trophy. Right now, its home is on Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 134 in West Texas, thanks to the hard work of the rig’s crews.

The 1,500 AC triple, which is drilling in the Permian Basin, won the inaugural Rig of the Quarter award from Pioneer Natural Resources in July. Pioneer recently started the initiative to drive continuous improvement among all the rigs they have contracted.

“It’s kind of like the Stanley Cup, you can only hold it if you’re winning it,” joked Carlton Campbell, Trinidad’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations. Continue reading