Managing ‘snaky’ situations in West Texas

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
A western diamondback rattlesnake pictured at one of Trinidad’s West Texas rig sites

Hey, we get it. Being tough is an unwritten roughneck prerequisite, so you’re not about to get scared off by a snake or two on the lease.

Right….

To all those who have jumped out of their skin after being startled by a rattlesnake hiding under rig matting – your secret’s safe with us.

Working around venomous snakes is a reality West Texas rig hands have to be prepared for.

“Western diamondbacks, coral snakes, tarantulas, scorpions…you name ‘em, we’ve got ‘em in West Texas,” said Marco Rocha, our HSE supervisor based out of Midland, Texas.

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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

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Rig safety: how to stay safe during tornado season

According to U.S. Tornadoes, an average of 1,224 tornadoes touch down each year across the United States. With Texas being the hottest spot for twister activity, and the majority of our U.S. rig fleet drilling there, tornado safety is always on our radar.

HSE Field Coordinator, Alex Cavazos, has been preparing rig crews for severe weather for the last five years. A native of Texas, Alex understands the affects severe weather can have on a worksite.

“As with any safety-sensitive situation, the best way to handle severe weather is to be proactive and well-prepared,” explained Alex.

Keep reading for his team’s safety tips at the rig when the skies take a turn for the worse. 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 100

This week on the blog, we’re introducing our new spin on an old favourite!

Rig 100 holds a special place in the hearts of those that have been with Trinidad since the beginning. Well-known as a 1,500 HP SCR Triple and the first rig in our US fleet, recent upgrades have taken the ten-year-old rig to a whole new level. Currently drilling in the Permian Basin, the new and improved 2,000 HP AC XL (extended lateral) Triple is aiming for depths it wasn’t capable of…until now.

Read on as Ronald Williams, lead engineer on Rig 100’s recent upgrade, explains why this old favourite has people talking.

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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

Where to find Trinidad’s U.S. rigs

Thanks to a boom in shale oil extraction, the United States is now seen as the world’s biggest oil producer, pumping out 8.5 million barrels of crude per day in July. Trinidad drills in four different countries, but around half of our fleet is working in the thriving U.S. market.

“We’re operating in most of the major shale basins in the U.S.,” explained Tom Horton, Vice President of Business Development and Contracts with Trinidad Drilling’s U.S. division.

Here is an overview of Trinidad’s U.S. operations. Continue reading

Rig 108: 6 years on the job with no recordable incidents

Meet the crew of Trinidad Rig 108. Rig 108 operates in Reeves County, Texas, and drills in the West Texas Permian basin. It has been commissioned for six years, and in that time its crews have never had a recordable incident.

Mike Sasser is the HSE Manager for Trinidad’s US Southern Division ­– which includes Rig 108. His job is to build a proactive safety culture on Trinidad’s rigs.

“People have to understand safety is personal. It is about them at the end of the day. We want everyone to return home the way they came to work,” explained Sasser. Continue reading