Nomac’s first rig hit the field in April 2001 in northwestern Oklahoma. Nomac rig numbers 2 through 5 followed close behind and were also deployed in 2001. Operations continued to grow, with new rigs added to the fleet each year, and in 2005 we opened a Nomac office in El Reno, Oklahoma, to support the increasing workload. That year the company built and deployed eight rigs.
Nomac’s momentum continued in 2006 with the acquisition of Martex Drilling, which brought 13 rigs based in Marshall, Texas, to the team and opened up a new operating area for the company in East Texas and northern Louisiana. That same year, another 18 new-build rigs were added, and in 2007, 15 additional new rigs were added to the fleet.
In 2009, Nomac acquired 19 rigs from Yost Drilling, located in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, which opened up operations in the eastern U.S. Additional acquisitions include four rigs from Houston-based Mountain Drilling in 2010, seven rigs from Oklahoma City-based Forrest Drilling in 2011 and 22 rigs through the acquisition of publicly held Oklahoma City-based Bronco Drilling in 2011. As of November 2012, Nomac had 75 active rigs in the field with operations in Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia, making Nomac the fourth most active drilling contractor in the United States.
In November 2011 Chesapeake Oilfield Services acquired Horizon Oilfield Services, L.L.C. and combined it with CHK Directional Drilling to form Nomac Services. This new company provides integrated directional drilling, mud logging, geosteering and geotechnical services in both conventional and horizontal applications to maximize drilling efficiencies and lower costs. Nomac Services has directional operations throughout the Anadarko Basin and Eagle Ford Shale with plans to grow operations into the Marcellus, Utica and Bakken shales. Nomac Services currently provides field geology services throughout the Anadarko and Permian basins as well as the Barnett, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Utica and Bakken shales.