New Commercialisation Deal to Radically Change Mineral Exploration

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Mineral Exploration Revolution: New Commercialisation Deal with DIG CT

The mineral exploration industry is set for a revolutionary change with a new commercialisation deal between a niche drilling company, DIG CT, and MinEx Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). The partnership aims to bring the innovative coiled tubing (CT) drilling technology, RoXplorer CT, to market, promising significant improvements in efficiency, productivity, and environmental sustainability.

RoXplorer CT Drilling Technology: The Game Changer

The RoXplorer CT drilling technology developed by MinEx CRC is the centerpiece of this agreement. It can drill through both unconsolidated cover and hard rock formations, reaching depths of up to 500 metres. The technology is the result of collaboration with industry partners such as Anglo American, BHP, Epiroc, LKAB Wassara, South32, and the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia.

In a groundbreaking move for the mineral exploration industry, DIG CT, a niche drilling company, has partnered with MinEx Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to bring their innovative coiled tubing (CT) drilling technology to market. This new commercialisation deal is set to revolutionise mineral exploration, offering significant advancements in efficiency, productivity, and environmental sustainability. With a focus on deep cover frontier provinces, the DIG CT CT drilling platform is poised to transform the way mineral explorers operate.

The RoXplorer CT Drilling Technology

The RoXplorer CT drilling technology developed by MinEx CRC is at the heart of this commercialisation deal. It is a result of collaboration with industry partners such as Anglo American, BHP, Epiroc, LKAB Wassara, South32, and the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia. The CT platform is capable of drilling through both unconsolidated cover and hard rock formations, reaching depths of up to 500 metres.

Enhanced Safety and Efficiency

One of the key features of the RoXplorer CT drill rig is its patented mast design and over-the-hole positioning of the coil reel. This design enables increased coil life, seamless transition between CT and conventional top-drive drilling, rapid loading and unloading of tooling and drill string. These features streamline the setup, pack down, and transport processes, resulting in improved safety and operational efficiency.

Minimal Infrastructure and High-Quality Sampling

Mineral explorers can now benefit from the RoXplorer CT drilling platform’s ability to deliver high-quality sampling with minimal infrastructure requirements. The CT rig’s unique capabilities allow it to operate in challenging terrains, reducing the need for extensive infrastructure development. This not only cuts costs but also minimizes environmental impact, making it an environmentally sustainable choice for mineral exploration.

The Partnership with DIG CT

DIG CT, an Australian-based drilling company, has joined forces with MinEx CRC to commercialise the RoXplorer CT drilling platform. Their expertise and focus on showcasing cutting-edge drilling technologies make them an ideal partner for bringing this innovative solution to market.

Craig Lavrick – Founder and Director of DIG CT

Craig Lavrick, the founder and director of DIG CT, is a respected industry expert with over 35 years of experience in the mineral exploration drilling industry. His extensive knowledge and expertise have been instrumental in the development of the CT rig platform. Lavrick is a passionate advocate for coil tubing technology, considering it a game-changer that will elevate exploration drilling to a safer, greener, and more productive industry.

Kevin Davis – Director of DIG CT

Kevin Davis, another director at DIG CT, brings over 38 years of drilling experience to the partnership. With his background in various roles within major and junior mining companies, Davis possesses a deep understanding of the challenges and requirements of mineral exploration. His expertise in diamond drilling and cost-effective controls will contribute to the success of the CT rig’s commercialisation.

Advantages of the RoXplorer CT Drilling Platform

The RoXplorer CT drilling platform offers several advantages that will transform mineral exploration practices. These advantages include:

1. Enhanced Environmental Sustainability

By reducing the need for extensive infrastructure development, the RoXplorer CT drilling platform minimizes its environmental footprint. The ability to drill through unconsolidated cover and hard rock formations with a single rig reduces the disturbance to natural habitats and ecosystems.

2. Improved Productivity

The streamlined operating processes and rapid loading and unloading of tooling and drill string enable faster setup and pack-down times. This results in increased productivity, allowing mineral explorers to cover more ground in less time.

3. High-Quality Sampling

The CT rig’s capability to drill through various formations ensures high-quality sampling, providing accurate data for mineral exploration. This allows for better decision-making regarding the potential value of a site and the viability of further exploration.

4. Safety and Efficiency

The RoXplorer CT drill rig’s design prioritizes safety and efficiency. The patented mast design and over-the-hole positioning of the coil reel enhance safety during drilling operations. Additionally, the seamless transition between CT and conventional top-drive drilling provides flexibility and ease of operation.

The Commercialisation Plan

Under the commercialisation deal between MinEx CRC and DIG CT, the RoXplorer CT drilling platform will be offered as a drilling service for hire. Initially, one drill rig will be in operation, with the fleet expanding as mineral explorers recognize the value and utility of this innovative technology. This phased approach allows for controlled growth and ensures that the CT rig’s capabilities are effectively utilized.

Success Stories and Collaborations

Since August 2021, the CT platform has successfully completed over 14,000 meters of drilling in collaboration with reputable organizations such as the Geological Survey of South Australia, Geological Survey of Western Australia, Geoscience Australia, Anglo American, and EnviroCopper. These drilling trials have demonstrated the success and application of the system in real-world, deep cover exploration scenarios. The CT platform has proven to be cost-effective, productive, safe, and environmentally friendly compared to conventional drilling platforms.

The Future of Mineral Exploration

The commercialisation deal between MinEx CRC and DIG CT marks a significant milestone in the mineral exploration industry. The RoXplorer CT drilling platform’s introduction has the potential to transform the way mineral explorers operate, offering enhanced safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability. As mineral explorers embrace this innovative technology, the fleet of CT rigs is expected to grow, further revolutionising the industry.

Conclusion

The partnership between DIG CT and MinEx CRC represents a game-changing moment for the mineral exploration industry. The commercialisation of the RoXplorer CT drilling platform opens up new possibilities in deep cover exploration, with improved safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability. With the expertise and dedication of industry experts like Craig Lavrick and Kevin Davis, the future of mineral exploration looks promising. As mineral explorers embrace the CT rig’s capabilities, they will unlock new opportunities and drive the industry forward.

The RoXplorer CT drilling technology is a coiled tubing (CT) drilling platform, capable of drilling through both unconsolidated cover and hard rock formations, reaching depths of up to 500 metres. It was developed by MinEx Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in collaboration with industry partners such as Anglo American, BHP, Epiroc, LKAB Wassara, South32, and the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia.

 The RoXplorer CT drilling platform offers several advantages:

  1. Enhanced Environmental Sustainability: It minimizes environmental footprint by reducing the need for extensive infrastructure development.
  2. Improved Productivity: Streamlined operating processes enable faster setup and pack-down times.
  3. High-Quality Sampling: The CT rig’s capability ensures high-quality sampling, providing accurate data for mineral exploration.
  4. Safety and Efficiency: The drill rig’s design prioritizes safety and efficiency during drilling operations.

The key individuals involved in the commercialisation of the RoXplorer CT drilling platform are Craig Lavrick and Kevin Davis, the founder and director, and another director of DIG CT respectively. Both have extensive experience in the mineral exploration drilling industry and are instrumental in bringing this innovative solution to market.

Under the commercialisation deal between MinEx CRC and DIG CT, the RoXplorer CT drilling platform will be offered as a drilling service for hire. Initially, one drill rig will be in operation, with the fleet expanding as mineral explorers recognize the value and utility of this innovative technology.

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