Boart Longyear wins $1.4m to develop new drilling technology

The government of Ontario in Canada has awarded Boart Longyear CAD$1.37 million for a new mineral exploration drilling site and for drilling systems technology.

This investment from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) aims to improve safety for drillers, increase efficiency, reduce drilling costs and create jobs once the products are commercialised.

The company will work at the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) to test and develop a range of technologies, including driller-deployable geochemical technologies, to help increase productivity.

Minister of Northern Development and Mines for the provincial government and chair of the NOHFC, Michael Gravelle welcomed the company’s decision to build its new R&D facility in the Sudbury region.

“It is a very significant step in building up our R&D mining cluster in Northern Ontario,” he said.

The company launched their new LF160 Drill Rig and Freedom Loader at this year’s MINExpo.

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