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April 17, 2018

Canadian coring project completed with highest core recovery to date

Boart Longyear Drilling Services recently completed a 90-day drilling program in Canada for Canadian Natural Resources Limited - Albian Sands (CNRL) at the Jackpine Mine and Muskeg River Mine. The Boart Longyear crews drilled a total of 218 holes averaging depths of 80.0m per hole with a total meter count of ~18,000 meters. We did this in 60 days with one LS™250 Minisonic™, three core rigs and one abandonment rig working 21 days on and seven days off without hurting anyone. This project started on Jan 2nd and ended on March 15th.

The contract required a minimum of 90% core recovery and the Boart Longyear Drilling Services crews managed to average 98.39% core recovery with zero re-drills which resulted in huge cost savings for Boart Longyear and Canadian Natural Resources Limited. This was the first year the project was completed without any re-drills. 

Our high-quality workers and our experience with drilling at that mine since 2002 were key factors in our ability to accomplish the project with zero injuries and zero re-drills.

"Awesome program, no injuries, ahead of schedule and ahead of budget! Amazing job under some tough time restraints and even tougher crewing issues through the winter. Please pass my thanks around to the crews."

—Jarrett Campbell, FP&A Manager in Canada

Some crews were gone before we were able to take their picture, but here are the crews from Rigs 37 and 38.

Pictured (standing - back row) from left to right is: Bernie Gillis, Jared Williams, Jesse Borek, Jim Mcnamara, Curtis Stagg, Darcy Frost, Sheldon Waldner, Wayne Shaw, and kneeling (front row) from left to right is: Dan Hofer, Greg Waldner, Vince Lombard, Guill Beaudet, James Waldner, and Harvie Braun

Pictured left to right: Daniel Entz, Chan Yong, Arnie Wipf, Jerry McCarty, Steve McGlinchy, Milo White, Elias Entz, Dennis Horvath, Cal Natomagan, and Chris Ruddy

Boart Longyear's accomplishment was also recognized by the client:

Good Day All, thanks for all the hard work. Coring operation is completed as per this morning with highest core recovery to date at 97+%, ahead of schedule, and ~20% more efficient in cost compared to last year. Good job everyone!!!
On behalf of Albian Drilling, THANK YOU!!
Cheers, Leo Hadi


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