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26 MAY 2020 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® Celebrating the Generosity of the Drilling Industry In the midst of this international pandemic, it’s important to take time to thank those who go above and beyond to help their fellow man. Companies in the drilling industry, both large and small, are proving just how generous our industry is. SIMCO ® Drilling Equipment, Inc. SIMCO ® donated some of their supplies to front- line medical workers in their community. The federal govern- ment needs all of you drill operators out there to keep the country's infrastructure going. Rio Tinto “During these uncertain times . . . our operational teams [are] continuing to run their businesses as they pro- vide support to local communities, from manufacturing hand sanitizer, to giving protective equipment to hospitals, and funding local community response initiatives. In order to support global grassroots community COVID-19 prepared- ness and recovery, we are pledging a further $25 million,” said J-S Jacques, Rio Tinto chief executive. Halliburton An employee from the company’s Carrolton, Texas, lo- cation, Greg Danson was thinking about the crisis facing the world and his thoughts included his wife’s 93-year-old grandmother who lives alone in Pennsylvania. That’s when an idea popped into his head. “I wondered if there would be some way that we could assist our local senior citizens and other people in need, who might not be able to leave their homes,” he recalled. The manufacturing production group leader decided to set up a Facebook group to see if like-minded folks would join with him to help those too frail to cope on their own. “The reaction was amazing,” the Frisco, Texas, resident said. “In just 17 hours, we had more than 300 volunteers. We started getting grocery lists from those in need, and de- livering items to homes.” Danson, who used his vacation time to get the ef- fort going, has enlisted vol- unteers to take on roles in operations and logistics. Donation sites at local busi- nesses have been set up to receive needed goods. Volunteer drivers routinely pick up items based on lists, and then make deliveries. Baker Hughes This Houston-based company is joining several manu- facturers in using their spare and idled 3D printers to make plastic face shields and other gear to protect healthcare workers. While, thousands of Baker Hughes employees around the world are working from home to reduce their risk of ex- posure to COVID-19, the company’s 3D printers in Houston, Oklahoma City, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia will be retasked for making protective safety equipment. The printers have the ability to work around the clock with little to no supervision. The company is also encouraging teams to gather and donate personal protection equipment such as face masks and goggles to local healthcare facilities. A volunteer helping Danson (R) at one of the donation sites. AngloGold Ashanti The mining company donated two hospitals in South Africa. “We are working across several fronts to support healthcare providers, bolster community health and hygiene responses, and to provide relief to the most vulnerable in society. We have worked closely with expert, multidisciplinary teams from the provincial governments of the North West and Gauteng, to make available two hospitals for their ex- clusive use as part of the frontline COVID-19 effort. These facilities will be used by the authorities for the treatment and isolation of COVID-19 patients.” The company also donated masks from a local supplier to the Merafong municipality in Gauteng, the Matlosana mu- nicipality in the North West Province, and the Chris Hani, OR Tambo, and Amathole municipalities in the Eastern Cape; freestanding water tanks which are frequently used on mine sites for handwashing; 5000 care parcels - containing gro- ceries, handwash, multipurpose cleaner, and a COVID-19 information booklet to the elderly, people with disabilities, and those receiving childcare grants; 27 electronic intensive- care beds for Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for its COVID-19 isolation units; as well as providing and serv- icing 24 mobile toilets to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Grundfos The Poul Due Jensen Foundation, owner of Grundfos, has decided to expand its budget for donations from its planned $18 million to $29 million. Although the foundation’s main focus will remain water, research, and inclusion, this year, additional funding will be given to help with the fight against COVID-19. ”There’s a lot we can do with our knowledge, technolo- gies, and donations for people who are often overlooked . . . Within research, we will support changed priorities that can help mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak now and in future,” explained Kim Nøhr Skibsted, executive director. This is only a small representation of the generosity being witnessed around the world. Many instances of kindness and compassion will go untold, but we in the industry know just how incredible the drilling community is. Whether it’s money, prod- ucts, services, or time, we can all work together to help each other get through this difficult situation.