Nomac Drilling is going pink.
The Chesapeake Energy Corp. affiliate's newest drilling rig will sport a pink ribbon to support breast cancer awareness.
Nomac President Jay Minmier said the company is building 10 new PeakeRigs capable of working in any resource play being developed by Chesapeake. Each will have a vinyl-wrapped driller's cabin, or doghouse, thanks to a suggestion from Chesapeake Oilfield Services CEO Jerry Winchester.
The first rig was completed in September, with its front face covered in a diamond plate pattern like the rig floor as a backdrop for the company's logo.
It was designed by Chesapeake's marketing and communications team. Most of the remaining rig wraps will come from suggestions by the crews that work on the rigs.
“One of the first ideas that came in ... was a pink one,” Minmier said.
He said the idea, which came from a worker in Pennsylvania, was embraced quickly by other Nomac employees. Most of the company's 3,000 employees are men, but they all have mothers, wives and daughters.
“It's not often that you see pink in the field, but our employees wanted to show their support for this worthy cause,” Minmier said. “Our work is tough, but not as tough as battling breast cancer.
“As we work in areas across the country, we hope this pink ribbon doghouse serves as a reminder of the importance of finding a cure.”
Chesapeake recently donated $10,000 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central and Western Oklahoma chapter. The company intends to make a similar donation in Ohio, where the pink rig is expected to be sent.
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.