Drilling products and services provider Boart Longyear announced in late October that it plans to expand its Mine Water Services to Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

According to the Salt Lake City, Utah, USA-based company, over the last 25 years its Drilling Services business has developed and honed an effective reverse circulation well-drilling method in North America, and has established the leading process within the industry while creating the most highly specialized crews in the world.

“Boart Longyear utilizes a unique process which is capable of drilling large diameter holes in the most difficult ground conditions in a single pass,” said Dale Johnson, global director of drilling services operations for Boart Longyear. “Drilling a large diameter borehole in a single pass versus multiple passes, which can degrade the borehole, improves the likelihood of drilling a straight borehole to target depth successfully.  Our unique method of drilling and completing wells provides better overall well efficiency and production–ultimately saving our clients downtime and money over the life of a well.”

Boart Longyear said it offers a full range of mine and other water-services drilling. This includes production, dewatering, reinjection, monitoring, geothermal and municipal wells. In North America, Boart Longyear also provides pump installation and servicing.

“Our documented procedures create reliable and effective large diameter and deep hole drilling systems,” said Johnson. “Our water well services in the mining industry are primarily utilized for monitoring water tables in and around the mine, water supply needed in the mining process and/or lowering water tables to allow safe and efficient mining. We also install piezometers and other instrumentation holes for ground monitoring, and horizontal drains to eliminate perched water causing pressure on mine pit walls.”

The company said it has assembled an international strategic operations team that is currently training drill crews from Russia, Kazakhstan and Peru.

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