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Exploration Drilling

Exploration Drilling

Exploration Drilling is used in the mineral mining sector to probe the contents of known ore deposits or to explore sites for potential geological/commercial value. Exploration drilling allows geologist to extract and examine sample core profiles at the surface with reduced environmental impact and lower costs.

We offer a comprehensive range of rigs and combination rigs to suit even the most demanding exploration projects in sands, soil and rock up to 2000m deep. We boast 33 exploration drilling machines in the field supported by highly-trained, experienced operators & maintenance staff:

Our Services

  • Sonic drilling and coring
  • Conventional air percussion
  • Reverse circulation
  • Symmetrix overburden drilling
  • Mud rotary drilling
  • Rotary core drilling
  • Open hole percussion drilling

Mining Review Africa article


AEL Sonic coring project at Modderfontein

AEL Sonic coring project at Modderfontein

Geomechanics was commissioned to determine the extent of contamination of explosive material in the ground. The Geo-601 Comacchio combination drill rig was converted to drill remotely to reduce the risk of injury to staff from drilling into unexploded ordinance.

BlackRock Exploration Drilling

Black Rock

Largest underground drilling contract to date was for Assmang’s Black Rock mine operations project in the Northern Cape which was completed with a flawless safety record and uncompromised commitment to quality assurance and environmental project aspects.