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Drilling Services

Consistence Performance, Continuous Production

Capability & Experience

United Pacific Drilling specialises in diamond core (specialising in deep directional drilling), RC grade control and remote heil support operations.  Our administrative and financial support office in Madang, PNG provides the necessary resources to co-ordinate the effective execution of drilling programs anywhere in PNG.  United Pacific has last been drilling at Yandera Copper project in 2007-2013.  This challenging project included holes to depths of 1000+ m in poor ground conditions, and through our focus on continuous improvement UPD managed to increase productivity and lower costs throughout the program.

The same team that delivered this project successfully continues to deliver projects exceeding our Client’s expectation and within budget.

All our rigs are backed up by top quality support equipment, tracked rod carriers, Moorooka vehicles, Toyota light vehicles, mobile compressors, LED lighting towers, pumps etc. Our greatest resource lies in the knowledge and experience of our people.  From management to field operations we have deep understanding of the exploration and mining cycle and how we can add value and support our clients.  In addition to our hard won experience we have well developed management systems to support every aspect of our operations.

UNITED PACIFIC DRILLING DRILL RIG FLEET (SURFACE)
Manufacturer Model Configuration Capacity Qty
Edson RP70 Man portable, 4 wheel drive mounted. Diamond core to 70m. 1
Ingersoll-Rand ECM370 Track Mounted Drill and blast 1
LMP LMP 850 Chuck, Skid mount heli-portable Diamond Core to 1,000m (NQ) 1
Sandvik DT1000 Chuck, Track mounted Diamond Core to 1,000m (NQ) 1
Boart Longyear LF70 Chuck, Skid mount heli-portable c/w rod loader Diamond Core to 1,000m (NQ) 3
Sandvik UDR650 Chuck, track mount heli-portable c/w rod spinner Diamond Core to 1,500m (NQ) 1
Atlas Corpco CS1000 Chuck, Skid mount heli-portable c/w rod loader Diamond Core to 1,200m (NQ) 2

With such a good range of both old and late model equipment; United Pacific Drilling has the capacity to complete any drilling project in Papua New Guinea.  Our range of drill rigs provides optional mountings for job versatility, including track, truck (all-wheel drive), trailer and skid mounts. These options enable us to complete projects in remote areas, mine sites, rugged terrain and difficult to access areas including high altitude areas requiring helicopter transportation.

Specialized Services and Tailored Solutions

UPD provides wide range of drilling solutions and equipment at competitive rates. We are flexible in our ability to meet clients’ needs quickly. We have a long history of providing wide range of services to our clients in varied locations from established mines to extremely remote locations in PNG. UPD’s experience for over 40 years in PNG has made the company to become the leader in the following specialties:

Mineral Exploration Drilling

  • NQ, HQ, PQ, 4C wire line diamond drilling
  • Reverse circulation drilling
  • Rotary air core drilling
  • Mud Rotary Drilling
  • Grade Control Drilling
  • Conventional Hammer
  • Open Hole Hammer
  • Heli-portable Capabilities

Engineering Drilling

  • Geotechnical investigation
  • Standard Penetration Testing
  • Packer Test Drilling
  • High Pressure Dewatering
  • Horizontal Dewatering Drilling
  • Stress anchors
  • Bore Water Drilling and Pump Installation
  • Pilot hole drilling
  • Site specific rig development and customization
  • Drill and Blast

Seismic Drilling

  • Shot hole drilling

Technology and experience aside, our success is based on the fact that we develop a close working relationship with our customers which enable us to tailor solutions to their specific needs.

As a result of working in close partnership with our clients, UPD’s contract service is guaranteed to deliver clearly defined unit cost targets agreed in advance. That means you know your cost saving up front.

Most importantly, because we work as member of your team to mutually agreed targets, if something is not right in our area of responsibility, we fix it.

Statement of Experience

Client: Marengo Mining Limited

Project: Yandera Copper Project

Location: Madang Province, Papua New Guinea

Date: 2008 – 2013

Meters: >200,000

 

Yandera Copper and Molybdenum is an advanced exploration project located in the Madang Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG), approximately 75 kilometers west of the Madang,.  The group successfully drilled in excess of 200,000m of coring and directional drilling in some of the world’s most remote areas.

Client: Harmony Gold

Project: Wafi Golpu

Location: Morobe Province, PNG

Date: 2003 – 2009

Metres: >100,000

 

One of the world class under developed advanced exploration project located in the well mineral endowed province of Morobe gold fields, PNG. The project is located only 40km south Lae city, 2nd largest port city.

Client: Allied Gold Limited

Project: Simberi Gold

Location: New Ireland Province, PNG.

Date: 2003 – 2005

Metres: >50,000

 

Simberi Gold mine is a medium scale open pit mine located 45 kilometers east of Kavieng town, New Ireland Province, PNG.  Despite the remoteness of the project site UPD managed to mobilize to site and drilled the planned meterage on time and within budget.

Client: Ok Tedi Mining Limited

Project: Ok Tedi Copper mine

Location: Western Province, PNG.

Date: 2000 – 2009

Metres: >200,000

 

Simberi Gold mine is a medium scale open pit mine located 45 kilometers east of Kavieng town, New Ireland Province, PNG.  Despite the remoteness of the project site UPD managed to mobilize to site and drilled the planned meterage on time and within budget.

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