Drilling rig to raise awareness of breast cancer

Nomac Drilling is wrapping one of its new drilling rigs in pink to support breast cancer awareness.
by Jay F. Marks Published: October 26, 2012
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Minmier said Nomac employees wanted to do more than just give money to the cause.

“Our workforce was quick to support this idea,” he said. “Although our rig employees are predominately male, we all realize the urgency in finding a cure for breast cancer.”

Lorna Palmer, executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central and Western Oklahoma chapter, was impressed by Nomac's ingenuity.

“At Susan G. Komen we work to imagine life without breast cancer. Never did I imagine that we'd see such a creative showing of support from a drilling service company,” Palmer said. “Our research shows that awareness and early detection saves lives. We hope this ‘passionately pink' doghouse will serve as a reminder that people with breast cancer have a greater chance of survival than ever before.

“Thank you to Nomac for believing in our cause and showing that even rigs can rally for a cure.”

Minmier said the new PeakeRigs feature state-of-the-art technology that will help crews drill wells faster, while improving their work environment.

“We think this is the best new build on the market,” he said.

It takes about 10 months to build one of the new rigs, but Minmier said most of that time is waiting for contractors to assemble the components that go into them.

He said almost all of the rig components are built in the United States.

Assembling a PeakeRig, which costs about $20 million, takes about a month, followed by another two weeks of on-site training at Nomac's Oklahoma City rig yard.

by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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