Australian GEMCO drilling contract for Boart Longyear

Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) recently awarded a three-year drilling contract at the Groote Eylandt manganese mine to Boart Longyear Drilling Services. The open-cut mining operation produces high-grade manganese ore that is shipped to GEMCO’s Tasmanian manganese alloy plant and around the world. Located on an island in the Gulf of Carpentaria off the Australian coast, it is currently the largest and one of the lowest-cost manganese ore producers in the world.
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Boart Longyear at Groote Eylandt

Duncan Moore

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Duncan Moore

To continue to develop the mine, Boart Longyear is providing 16 employees including fitters and full-time drilling supervisors to operate two reverse circulation rigs. The crews will be responsible for drilling 4,800 holes, approximately 115,200m over the three-year contract.

"This contract was awarded based on Boart Longyear's strong safety and productivity performance. We are very happy to start drilling at GEMCO and to start building on our relationship with the team on site in Australia," said John Kirkwood, regional director, Drilling Services, APAC.

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