Our company is an independently owned and operated contract land drilling company with its home office in Bellaire, Texas.


Big E Drilling company was started in 1981 by Gerald Eastham with two rigs. By 1988, the company expanded to four rigs, added rigs five and six in 2000 and 2002, and a seventh rig in 2014. Today, operations include Texas gulf coast, east  and west Texas, along with north and south Louisiana. Drilling capabilities of the Big E Drilling fleet range to 25,000 feet. These wells are drilled primarily on a day work contract.


Big E Drilling company has established an excellent reputation with both major and independent operating companies as a professionally operated organization. The drilling rigs and related equipment are continuously maintained and upgraded. This enables us to operate with a minimum amount of downtime per well.


Big E Drilling is equally noted for its employees. Our Toolpushers have long tenure in the oil industry and most have been promoted from within the company. Turnover in rig employees is kept to a minimum. This is due, in part, to keeping employees working even if the rig is waiting for the next job. Additionally, Big E Drilling is dedicated to actively providing a safe workplace for our employees and making safety our highest priority.


Big E Drilling is noted for its employees experience, longevity and tenure with the company. Each rig is constantly reviewed to ensure employee turnover is kept to a minimum. Big E Drilling is dedicated to providing a low turnover environment for the customer, which in turn provides a safer work environment for our employees while continuing efficient and cost effective conditions for our customers.



Big E Drilling Company has drilled several wells with all of the following customers.  We want every customer we drill for to receive the same consistent level of service on each and every well we drill.  Oil field work is a 365 day a year, 24 hour a day service; we take pride in responding to our equipment needs in a prompt, efficient manner.  We employ full time support personnel to maintain our equipment, including a dedicated Top Drive Specialist and a full time SCR Specialist so we can keep the down time to a minimum.  Big E Drilling sincerely thanks all of our customers, past, current and future for the opportunity to be trusted with your drilling needs.


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4710 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 350
Bellaire, Texas 77401


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