Nealwell Drilling Ltd. purchased two (2) Jack-up Drilling barges in 1986. Well Services functioned as the operator partner in this venture, and successfully performed drilling for Trinmar Limited using one of the jack-up rigs ‘Nealwell II’. During this time in excess of fifty Wells were drilled.
A subsequent slump in the industry resulted in the drilling barges being sold off.
In December, 1991 this rig drilled an exploration Well for Mobil Trinidad Ltd. off the South coast of Trinidad, and later resumed work with Amoco. In the third quarter of 1992, the rig worked for a Venezuelan corporation Lagoven and returned to the Gulf-of-Mexico.
With the assistance of Reading & Bates Drilling Company of Houston, Texas, a drilling school was established during 1985, and is in existence at the present time, certifying rig and supervisory personnel using Rig Floor Simulator equipment. The School is IADC Well Cap accredited.
A state of the art 18,000 ft. Diesel electric platform rig, “Marine 1”, was built. This rig incorporated three 1600 HP Triplex Mud Pumps and was powered by 4-Caterpillar G-3516 GE generators totalling 4,500 KW of power Varco ISDI Top Drive provider. A special feature is its ability to move between Platforms with its own cranes, using supply boats, in a maximum of six days. Well depths programmed for this rig range from 8,000 ft. to 16,000 ft.
Other equipment included 3 – 1,700 HP Triplex Mud Pumps, 1-37½” Rotary unit independently driven and 1 – 650-ton Varco TDS4S Top Drive. This rig pioneered horizontal drilling offshore Trinidad on the Immortelle platform.
In December 1997, we sold our offshore assets and operations to Cliffs Drilling to concentrate on land drilling and oil production operations in Trinidad.
WSPCL purchased a 3,000 HP offshore modular rig to operate offshore Galeota for Repsol YPF.
“Well Services Rig 5”, the 3,000 HP, three 1600 HP pump modular rig went to work for Repsol YPF in their “Teak”, “Samaan” and “Poui” offshore fields in 2005/2006.
This rig is now known as the “Well Services Rig 152” which completed its drydocking “special survey”, and is preparing to drill for independent producer – Trinity Exploration & Production Ltd.
Purchased “Rig 54” Heavy Workover Mat Supported Jack-up Rig from NABORS – will mobilize to Trinidad in January, 2016.