Modern Quarrying

“Mobility, flexibility, reliability, efficiency and precision drilling capacity define Epiroc’s ROC family of drilling machines making them the most suitable and up for the task,” states Pieter Malan, GM Booysen Bore Drilling Company, Sishen.

The specialist drilling company is currently operating three generations of surface drill rigs – the ROC L8 MK I and L8 MK II supplied by Atlas Copco alongside the latest FlexiROC D65 machines from Epiroc.

A solid long term business partnership FLTR Cobus Engelbrecht Epiroc Pieter Malan Hein Booysen from Booysen Bore Hedley Birnie EpirocA solid long-term business partnership, from left: Cobus Engelbrecht, Epiroc; Booysen Bore’s Pieter Malan and Hein Booysen; and Epiroc’s Hedley Birnie.

When founded in 1977 by Hennie Booysen, Booysen Bore mainly focused on exploration drilling. In 1990, the family business expanded its services to blast-hole drilling. Part of the Mogs (Mineral, Oil & Gas Services) group, Booysen Bore’s offering includes down-the-hole (DTH), percussion, exploration and core drilling as well as in-pit dewatering drilling services. Operating with a staff of 430 from the Kuruman head office, supported by an office in Beeshoek under the auspices of Booysen’s son Hein as GM and a facility in Kathu, the company is active mainly in the province’s iron ore and manganese mines. It also holds a sizable market share in the supply of drilling services to solar facilities in the region, with 38 out of the total of 51 ROC L8, D60 and D65 machines currently in operation.

The Northern Cape area presents some of the most challenging conditions in the world. “We drill into some of the hardest rock in the world with compressive strengths above 500 MPa under extremely surface and weather conditions,” explains Malan. “While most machines start to fall apart after only a short time of drilling, the Epiroc drill rigs give us up to 80% availability over many years of operation.

“Only machines of this exceptional quality will last 30 000 hours plus. In addition, the ROC boasts the lowest fuel consumption per drilling meter compares to all other machines used by us in the blast-hold environment. As far as we are concerned, when it comes to technology, reliability, ease of operation, manoeuvrability and fuel efficiency, the ROC machines are in a class of their own,” Malan adds.

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