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Our Rig Fleet


The Meridian rig fleet is structured to offer clients a wide range of drilling solutions. It currently consists of 9 wholly owned rigs. In addition Meridian also operates and manages client owned rigs and drilling programs.

Gemsa
Gemex MP1200

The Gemsa Gemex MP1200H is a track mounted multipurpose RC / diamond rotary rig, designed for deep reverse circulation and diamond drilling. The rig is able to achieve 450m in 4” RC and 1,200m in HQ diamond.

The Gemex MP1200H is a modern rig with twin cyclones fitted for maximum sample recovery and dust suppression. It is equipped with a FMC mud pump and a KL multipurpose rotation unit.

Specifications:

Rig Type: Multi-purpose RC/diamond Commissioned: 2011 (new)
Mount: Tracked
Dimensions: Weight: 26 tonnes: Height: 2.4m; Length: 6.4m (mast 11m)
Depth capacity:
• 4 1⁄2” RC – 400m
• Diamond PQ – 800m
• Diamond HQ – 1,200m
• Diamond NQ – 1,700m
• 7 5/8” mud rotary – 500m
General:
• Maximum rod length – 6m
• Pull back / feed – 17 tonnes
• Rotary speed – 0 – 1,500 RPM
• 9m rod pulling, 7m drill stroke
• Drilling from vertical to 45o degrees • 1200 mm mast extension
• Double shaft rod cylinders
Engine and Hydraulic Units:
• Cummins 250hp
• Sauer Danfoss hydraulic system
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Super Rock
S5000

The Super Rock S5000 is a truck-mounted heavyweight RC, mud rotary rig designed for reverse circulation and water well drilling. The derrick has no cables, chains, pulleys or sprockets, making the S5000 a hard-wearing and low maintenance rig. The rotation head movement or stroke is six and a half metres, enabling six metre rods and casings to be easily handled.

It is a very modern rig and was added to the Meridian Drilling fleet in 2012. The Super Rock S5000 is mounted on a man 6 x 4 truck making it supremely manoeuvrable. An 8m x 6m rod carousel is also available, should the rig be required for grade control operations.

Specifications:

Rig Type:
Truck mounted RC/ mud rotary
Commissioned: 2012 (new)
Mount: Man 6 x 4 truck
Depth Capacity:
• 4 1⁄2” RC – 400m
• 12 1⁄4” mud rotary – 200m
• 7 5/8” mud rotary – 500m
General:
• Max rod length: 6m
• Pull back: 26 tonnes
• Feed force: 10 tonnes
• Rotary speed: 0 – 150 RPM
• Rod carousel for grade control operations
Engine and Hydraulic Units:
• 6 cylinder Kirloskar diesel engine
• 26.6 HP

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Atlas Copco
CS14

The Atlas Copco CS14 is a track mounted, modern, medium capacity diamond drill rig. Capable of achieving 800m in HQ core size and having a PQ to NQ chuck, this is a high performance diamond coring machine.

The CS14 is built with a CAT 5.9 litre turbocharged diesel engine producing 212 HP for a high capacity and reliable performance.

Meridian Exploration has two of these rigs. One unit is mounted on conventional tracks while the second is mounted on a high speed Marooka track carrier for improved mobility.

Specifications:

Rig Type: Diamond core
Commissioned: 2010 (new)
Number of units: 2
Mount: Tracked / Marooka
Dimensions: Weight:10.5 tonnes (tracked) or 18 tonnes (Marooka); Height:6.4m; Length: 2.6m (mast 11m); Width: 2.4m Depth Capacity:
• Diamond PQ – 450m
• Diamond HQ – 800m
• Diamond NQ – 1,200m
General:
Maximum rod length – 6m
• Pull back – 14 tonnes
• Rotary speed – 0 – 1,400 RPM
• Main hoist 80 kN
• Lift capacity feed 138 kN
Engine: Cummins 6 cylinder, QSB5.0 Diesel
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EVH
2100

The EVH 2100R rotary air blast drilling rig is mounted onto a four wheel drive Bedford MJ making the rig suitable for a wide range of terrains.

While this rig is primarily set up for rotary air bore drilling (RAB) it can also be utilised for shallow water well and dewatering boreholes, CPTs, U100 sampling, installation of contamination sampling.

Specifications:

Weight: 300 R.P.M
Mast: Hydraulic ram and chain
Feed: 3.5m
Pull-push force: Pull 7 tonne/ push 5 tonne Power pack: Four cylinder Deutz
Engine power: 84 H.P.
On board compressor: 400 C.F.M 200 P.S.I
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Dando
210

This Dando 210 self-propelled rotary air blast drilling rig is mounted onto a 4 wheel drive Bedford MJ making the rig suitable for a wide range of terrains.

The rig is capable of the following applications:

• Rotary air blast drilling.
• 6” water wells to 100m
• Geotechnical drilling
• Dewatering boreholes

Specifications:

Weight: 12 tonnes
Track carriage: Truck mount
Max speed: 200 R.P.M
Mast: Hydraulic ram and cable
Feed stroke: 6 metres
Pull-push force: Pull 10 tonnes / Push 8 tonnes
Power pack: Four cylinder Deutz Engine power: 84 H.P.
Separate truck mount compressor: 400 C.F.M / 200 P.S.I
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Coretech
YDX-3G

The Coretech YDX-3G is a track mounted, modern, diamond drill rig capable of achieving 700m of HQ size or up to a 1,000m NQ sized hole. With a PQ to NQ size chuck, this is a high performance diamond coring machine.
Built to be robust, the Coretech YDX-3G has a reputation for excellent reliability. It is also very efficient with a particularly short set-up time, allowing this rig to move quickly and easily between holes. Its small footprint also makes it excellent for sites with limited access.

Specifications:

Rig Type: Diamond core
Commissioned: 2011 (new)
Number of Units: 3
Mount: Tracked Dimensions:
Weight: 9.5 tonnes Height: 2.6m
Length: 5.4m (mast 11m) Width: 2.4m
Depth Capacity:
• Diamond PQ – 350m
• Diamond HQ – 700m
• Diamond NQ – 1,000m
General:
• Max Rod Length: 6m
• Pull back: 10 tonnes
• Rotary Speed: 0 – 1,200 RPM
Engine: Cummins 6BTA, diesel • Cummins 6BTA, diesel
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Ingetrol MD
Explorer Plus

The Ingetrol Explorer Plus is a lightweight man / heli-portable diamond drill rig.
Capable of travelling at approximately 10km per hour while still being small enough to ship inside a standard 20-feet container, this is an incredibly flexible unit. Currently mounted on a lightweight, high speed Marooka tracked machine, as shown in these pictures, the Ingetrol Explorer plus can be converted to a man / heli-portable configuration in just a matter of hours.

Specifications:

Rig Type: Diamond drill
Commissioned: 2012 (new)
Mount: Marooka track or skid. Heli-portable
Depth Capacity:
• NQ – 350m • HQ – 150m
General:
• Maximum module weight 245kg (in heli-portable mode)
• Max rod length: NQ – 3m
• Max rod length: HQ – 1.5m
Engine and Hydraulic Units:
• Deutz F2L1011F diesel engine • 26.6 HP
Feed System and
Mast:
• 1.7mtr stroke
• 10 tonne pull back
• 7 tonne feed force
• Rotation 0 -1100
RPM Marooka Specification:
• Marooka 600VD
• Net weight: 4 tonnes
• Maximum Speed: 11 km/ hour • Length: 2.2m
• Width: 1.7m
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Hands England
Top Drive

The Hands England Top Drive rotary air blast drilling rig is mounted on a 4-wheel drive Bedford TM making it suitable for a wide range of terrains. This versatile rig is capable of:

• Drilling 4” diameter water wells to a depth of 100-150m
• RAB drilling
• Geotechnical drilling and testing
• Conventional diamond core drilling

Due to the RPM of the drill head, the unit is capable of 412 coring to a depth of 60m.
It is also used for SPT/CPTs, U100 sampling, dewatering boreholes and installation of contamination sampling.

Specifications:

Weight: 12 tonnes
Track carriage: Truck mounted
Max speed:
300 R.P.M
Mast: Hydraulic ram and cable
Feed stroke: 3 metres
Pull-push force: Pull 10 tonnes/ push 6 tonnes
Power pack: Four cylinder Deutz Engine power: 84 H.P.
On board comp: 400 C.F.M 200 P.S.I
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Maxidrill
MAX-10C

The Maxidrill Max-10C is a track mounted, modern, diamond drill rig capable of achieving 700m of HQ size or up to a 1,000m NQ sized hole. With a PQ to NQ size chuck, this is a high performance diamond coring machine.
Built to be robust, the MAX-10C has a reputation for excellent reliability. It is also very efficient with a particularly short set-up time, allowing this rig to move quickly and easily between holes. Its small footprint also makes it excellent for sites with limited access.

Specifications:

Rig Type: Diamond core
Commissioned: 2011 (new)
Number of Units: 3
Mount: Tracked Dimensions:
Weight: 9.5 tonnes Height: 2.6m
Length: 5.4m (mast 11m) Width: 2.4m
Depth Capacity:
• Diamond PQ – 350m
• Diamond HQ – 700m
• Diamond NQ – 1,000m
General:
• Max Rod Length: 6m
• Pull back: 10 tonnes
• Rotary Speed: 0 – 1,200 RPM
Engine: Cummins 6BTA, diesel • Cummins 6BTA, diesel


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