National Oilwell Varco

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Houston, Texas-based National Oilwell Varco is a supplier of systems and components used in oil and gas drilling and production. It is the maker of the Drake rig specifically made for the terrain and drilling of Marcellus shale wells. The company expects to be making deliveries of the rig during the first quarter of 2009. The rig is named after "Colonel" Edwin Drake, the man responsible for the Drake Well, the first successful well drilled in northwestern Pennsylvania back in 1859.

Range Resources is one of the first companies planning to introduce the Drake Rig for drilling in Pennsylvania.

In order to accommodate the rugged Appalachian terrain a rig would need to have a relatively small footprint, great mobility, and the ability to drill in excess of 6,000 feet vertically and 3,000 feet horizontally.

Another aspect to National Oilwell Varco's gas drilling business was documented in a June, 2009 report on its supply distribution service centers. A new one had just opened in Lycoming County, PA on Fairfield Road in Montoursville. The company also maintains similar distribution centers in Punxsutawney and Carmichaels, PA. These distribution centers provide everything needed for gas drilling sites from lubricating oil to pipe fittings all on a 24/7 basis. Examples of other items available include chain, hand soap, hard hats, industrial light bulbs, meters, paper towels, pipes, rope, tools, stainless steel tubing and valves. The company even offers meal service for drillers on the job, as well as juices, sodas and water.

  • Merrill A. “Pete” Miller, Jr. is Chairman, President and CEO.
  • Clay Williams is CFO and Senior Vice President.
  • Jeremy Thigpen is President of Downhole Tools and Pumping Solutions.
  • Marty Whiteley is Northeast Area Manager.
  • Dave Bowlan is the Manager of National Oilwell Varco's Distribution Services Center in Montoursville, PA.
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