Evolving with Hägglunds
“We’ve seen the oil business come and go,” says Sales & Marketing Representative Stephen McGrath of Warrior’s nearly 10 years in the industry. “That’s the way it works – big booms, big depressions. We’re maybe not seeing as big a boom after 2008 as before, but we seem to be on the upswing again.”
When Warrior started out, it was as a producer of portable drilling rigs, focused on shallow gas and coal bed methane (CBM). At the time, the company used Hägglunds hydraulic direct drives to power its drawworks and mud pumps. Today Warrior does business in Alberta and beyond, but as a different type of manufacturer.
“We’re serving customers on the oil and gas exploration side of things,” says
McGrath of today’s Warrior. “We’ve switched focus from doing complete rigs to specific components for drilling, like pipe-handling equipment and top drives.” Though drawworks are still part of the offering, hydraulic top drives are where Hägglunds solutions are vital today.
Compact torque is essential
Jeff Blacklock, Warrior’s Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services, relates that while there is still CBM work in Alberta, the push in recent years has been toward large horizontal wells and well stimulation. “With that, the torque requirements of the top drives are only increasing, and there we see a real advantage with Hägglunds,” he says. “The Hägglunds CA motor has definitely helped us to compete.”
The reason, he says, is the ability to pack a lot of horsepower into a very small footprint. At a supply pressure of 5000 psi, Warrior can get well over 30,000 ft-lbs of torque to the quill.