Back to Texas! – Part 2

As always, I forgot to get my picture taken. This one should suffice, being only the reflection of the unskilled photographer on the mirror-like surface of the substructure’s load chart. By the way, the chart shows that the substructure was “made in china”.

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The two photos that follow show how fast the weather changed during those days in Houston. I shot them from the hotel room on April 11. The first one was taken at 11 a.m., the second, 5-6 hours later.

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As we finished our assignment before noon the first day, we spent the rest of the time sightseeing, shopping and eating at Roberto’s favorite restaurants. Among other places, we ate the best fajitas in the world at “Pappasito’s Cantina” and I have a photo to prove it!


The first photo was taken with a FUJIFILM FinePix A600 6.3-megapixel digital camera. Photos 2 and 3 were taken with a Houston-bought PANASONIC Lumix DMC-TZ3 7.2-megapixel digital camera. Last photo was taken with a 1.3-megapixel camera phone (BlackBerry Pearl 8100).


Back to Texas! – Part 1

Work sent me back to Texas, almost 30 years after being there. I didn’t go to San Antonio, where I used to live, though. It was only a short business trip with my boss to check out a drilling rig being manufactured near Houston. We left Maracaibo at 7 a.m., waited countless hours at Miami Intl then flew to Houston to arrive at 9-10 p.m.

We visited National Oilwell Varco plant our first morning in town. Among some other 7 or 8 rigs, there it was “our” 1,500 HP ideal rig completely assembled. It’ll soon start drilling at western Venezuela.

This photo shows the drawworks, substructure and lower mast of the new rig.

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Here’s the mast:

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… and the drawworks that stays at ground level, helping to rig-move in a simpler and safer manner.

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This one shows the topdrive attached to the mast and viewed from the drilling floor.

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And here’s Roberto at the drilling floor chatting with George Muñoz (not seen) while I was taking photos all around. You can see a rigged-down mast at ground level.

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Photos were taken with a FUJIFILM FinePix A600 6.3-megapixel digital camera.