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.

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