“If you want to test something, bring it to Australia,” says Nigel Deveth, Managing Director of Roc-Drill, a Brisbane-based drilling contractor.
Roc-Drill was established in 2012 as an offshoot of Deveth’s existing company, Deveth Drilling Qld. Deveth’s own history with drilling dates back 32 years via companies such as Geothermal Industries, Deveth Drilling and the formerly family-owned Straitline Australia. For much of that time he has specialized in running Epiroc equipment.
Roc-Drill currently boasts one of the largest fleets of Epiroc crawler drills in Australia. It’s no surprise, then, that Deveth was the first in the country to take on a pair of new SmartROC CL drill rigs. Roc-Drill wanted to put the COPROD-equipped rigs to work in some of the more difficult ground jobs it tackles across Australia and Papua New Guinea. With the COPROD system, developed by Epiroc, the high penetration rate and low fuel consumption of tophammer equipment is married with the hole straightness and hole quality of a down-the-hole drill.
“They have the potential to change how we drill into difficult rock,” says Deveth.