Coiled tube rig Nevada bound

WHILE the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre is winding down, its most impressive creation is on a ship heading to the US for trials in Nevada.

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The Roxplorer is being put to the test in the US.

The DETCRC's Roxplorer coiled tube rig is being taken to Nevada by Barrick Gold and being put to the test.

The aim behind the coiled tube rig was to avoid the hand industries endemic in the drilling industry. Those injuries usually occur in rod handling.

The idea behind it is that instead of separate drill rods, as conventional drilling uses, the coiled tube rig uses a continuous steel.

The coiled tube rig took technology widely used in the oil and gas industry and converted it to hard rock drilling.

In oil and gas, coiled tube rigs are largely used for well workover tasks - not for serious drilling.

The DETCRC that created the rig is due to wind up in June.

It was created to find ways to explore below deep cover to help unlock the next...