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September 16, 2016

Citadel, in collaboration with the Driller's Club, played host to a 90-minute podcast featuring an extensive video tour of Athena, Citadel Rig 6.  The posdcast was extremely successful, capturing the attention of more than 25,000 viewers located across North America and beyond. Click on the link below and see first hand the stat of the art technology that makes up a Citadel rig.

To view the link click here.

October 2, 2015

The Rig Technician trade is an apprenticeship program that focuses on the development of workers at the Motorhand, Derrickhand and Driller levels, combining on-the-job training with classroom instruction. At Citadel we see tremendous value in this program and are committed to supporting our employees in the pursuit of their journeyman designation. Recently we asked Iain Nafe, Rig Manager on the Hellcat and Rig Technicain trade graduate, to share some of his thoughts on the program and the many advantages it offers.

April 20, 2015

The Daily Oil Bulletin (DOB) recently ran an article called "Why 'Walking' Rigs Matter", by David Yager, National Leader of MNP's Oilfield Services Group. In the article Mr. Yager outlines some of the many advantages walking rigs offer and we at Citadel Drilling echo Mr. Yager's sentiment. Click in the link to read the full article: Why Walking Rigs Matter

Citadel Drilling has built and is deploying a fleet of technically advanced AC triple (TA2CT) "walking" rigs for the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB). Walking rigs offer tremendous value to operators and we are convinced they represent the future of the drilling industry. To date we have deployed three TA2CT series rigs to the WCSB, and despite the current downturn in oil prices, we plan to build several more.  We anticipate demand for this state-of-the-art equipment will continue to grow.

One of the many advantages of our rigs includes the design of the walking system which is integrated into the substructre of the rig itself. By integrating the moving system into the substructure, operators are able to keep trucking loads to a minimum when moving the rig from one pad to the next. In comparison, many competitors have gone with a retro-fit design where the moving system is bolted onto the rig. The bolt-on walking system with scalping tank and umbilical segments can add up to as many as 10 addtional truckloads when moving the rig, adding delay and cost to the process. Citadel rigs can also walk from each location on the pad with a full stand of pipe in the derrick, something retro-fit walking systems have difficulty doing, which results in the rig technicians often being required to lay down drill pipe before safely moving the rig from one well to the next.

With weights of up to 1.6 million pounds, the fact that a drilling rig can move around a location without the help of trucks and other specialized equipment is an engineering marvel. Add to this the fact that these rigs can move safely via remote control and travel in virtually any direction, and their value to operators is without comparison.

Citadel Drilling is not the first drilling contractor to make use of these concepts, but we are the first in Canada to make integrated moving systems a standard feature in our drilling rigs - just one of the many "high spec" features you will find on our TA2CT series rigs.


March 27, 2015

The mast is up! Read this weeks Knowledge Box for information on a video on Citadel Rig 3's successful milestone.

March 6, 2015

Citadel Drilling is often asked why we name our rigs and why each is outfitted with an image that is chosen specifically by the crew of that rig.

February 9, 2015

Read this week's "Did You Know...?" blog post to see what you may or may not already know about Citadel, and other random interesting facts!

February 2, 2015

This weeks' knowledge box post is comprised of a very interesting article courtesy of ARC Energy Charts

January 21, 2015

Read this week's Knowledge Box post to meet this week's Citadel Community member - Leanne Borys

January 5, 2015

Meet Citadel's Vice-President of Operations, Dave Vogel, in the Meet the Citadel Community series on the Knowledge Box blog.

December 15, 2014

Meet Rig Manager Curtis Wagemakers in the Meet the Citadel Community series posted on the Knowledge Box.

December 8, 2014

Read this week's Knowledge Box post to meet Christi Aubin - Office Coordinator, Nisku Operations

December 1, 2014

Read this week's Knowledge Box post to meet this week's Citadel Community member - Ryan Wollin.

November 24, 2014

Citadel's community may still be small, but we are committed to our people and our community. For the next several weeks, Citadel plans to introduce a new employee weekly to our online community via our Knowledge Box blog, as well as through various Social Media venues.  Read this week's Knowledge Box blog post to meet Tracy Davis - Payroll and Benefits Administrator at Citadel.

November 18, 2014

This week's Knowledge Box post is comprised of a very interesting article courtesy of ARC Energy Charts.

November 13, 2014

Read this week's Knowledge Box to better understand who CEPA (The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association) is and what role they play in industry.

November 3, 2014

Citadel Rig 2 is under construction. Please read this week's Knowledge Box for an update.

October 28, 2014

Read this week's "Did you Know" blog post to see what you may or may not already know about Citadel, and other random entertaining facts!

October 23, 2014

Citadel Rig 1 "the Titan" has completed its first well and we couldn't be happier with the results! Read this week's Knowledge Box blog post for more details on "the Titan's" first well.

October 14, 2014

Meet Blake Gazdag - Driller on Citadel Rig 1 the "Titan". Read this week's Knowledge Box blog post for a glimpse into Blake's life and the reason he chose Citadel.

October 1, 2014

Citadel appoints Mr. David Todd as the Board of Directors. Read this edition of the Knowledge Box blog to learn more.

September 24, 2014

We at Citadel value our relationship with ARC Financial Corp, our largest shareholder. Read this week's Knowledge Box blog post for more information.

September 16, 2014

Citadel has chosen to use YouTube as another avenue to utilize today's technology to share and connect with our community and the world via internet. Read this week's Knowledge Box Citadel on YouTube to learn more.

September 12, 2014

Dan Hoffarth Citadel's CEO was invited to speak at thhe 2014 CERI Natural Gas Conference was held in Calgary. Read this edition of the Knowledge Box to find out what he had to say.

September 5, 2014

Citadel and Seven Generations Energy are pleased to announce that Citadel's Rig 1 has commenced drilling on the Seven Generation Energy's Kakwa River Project. Read this week's Knowledge Box post - Citadel Drilling and Seven Generations Announce Start of Rig 1 Drilling at Kakwa for more info.

August 25, 2014

Citadel marks a milestone event. June 12, 2014 was the day we unveiled Citadel Rig 1 to the drilling community. Read more on our blog Citadel Celebrates.

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