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. Nomac currently has operations in Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming, making Nomac the fourth most active drilling contractor in the United States.
In 2014 Seventy Seven Energy was formed as the parent company and today, Nomac Drilling provides drilling services for oil and natural gas operators throughout the major shale plays in the United States. Many of our rigs are equipped with AC electric drives, top drives and mud pumps with 1,300 horsepower or greater. The majority of our rigs are multi-well pad capable, being equipped with skidding or walking systems. Nomac’s experience in conventional and unconventional drilling supports major operations in Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.