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.
Here’s the mast:
… and the drawworks that stays at ground level, helping to rig-move in a simpler and safer manner.
This one shows the topdrive attached to the mast and viewed from the drilling floor.
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.
Photos were taken with a FUJIFILM FinePix A600 6.3-megapixel digital camera.