Experience To Take On The Challenges

When it comes to safely delivering a successful drilling project there are a number of factors involved. Company safety culture, experience and a willingness to listen to and understand the project’s needs is key. This includes the driller’s knowledge and experience used to identify the most appropriate drilling method and also having alternative methods available when conditions change. This is particularly important when it comes to working in challenging conditions while delivering successful outcomes for all stakeholders.

Bunbury Drilling Company (BDC) has over 60 years experience drilling for the mining, agricultural and public water supply industries, and for more than a decade has been able to deliver every project they have been involved in safely, on time, and on or under budget. They have worked continuously in the Pilbara since 2011 and are experienced with coal mine projects such as dewatering and pressure relief as well as deep sedimentary drilling to depths of 1000 metres.

This has armed BDC with the experience necessary to be able to take on challenging projects and the company has, in a number of instances, stepped in to take on failed projects and has successfully completed them on each occasion.

Turning it Around

An example of a project that BDC was contracted to recover was a drilling program in the West Pilbara. When BDC was called in, the original contractor had been unable to complete a single bore after 12 months of drilling using multiple rigs.

BDC General Manager Dale McLeod said the project involved the installation of production and monitoring bores which were to be used for dewatering.

“Over the course of 12 months BDC drilled and installed more than 28 bores between 100 metres and 230 metres in depth, safely, on time and under budget.”

The challenge

Mr McLeod said the major challenge that the previous contractor came across was the ground conditions, which in this case were reactive clays.

Reactive clay swells when in contact with water, either from the formation or from the drilling process, and can also shrink when it is dry. This creates a range of issues that can lead to the loss of the drilled hole if not managed appropriately.

“BDC was able to overcome the challenging ground conditions as we had a better understanding of how to control the hydrodynamic conditions in the formation resulting in successful drilling and construction on every site,” said Mr McLeod.

“Our 60 years of experience has given us the knowledge on the best drilling methodologies to utilise to control the formations reaction to drilling operations – experience really does count.”

Risk management

Mr McLeod said BDC is also able to handle operational challenges efficiently due to real time risk management.

“BDC is a privately owned company operating seven days a week, 365 days a year. We have the most experienced team in the industry focused on delivering every program safely and effectively at every level.

“Our company culture sets us apart from all other contractors. We make good decisions quickly and have the skills to deliver. Our Class 1, 2 and 3 licensed drillers set the benchmark for others to not only try to reach but to follow.”

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