The Nordic market currently stands at 55,000 wells being drilled per year. Of these 44,000 are shallow geothermal wells. The market is served by approximately 380 drilling companies who need the right equipment to maximise efficiency when drilling through hard crystalline bedrock.Shallow geothermal plant in Sweden 201 wells deep 240m
Shallow geothermal drilling in Sweden is well established. Historically some 100 drilling companies over several decades had an annual production rate of 5000 water wells. In the mid-eighties high oil prices combined with several industrial innovations, led to widespread adoption of ground source heat pumps. The drilling companies could use the same equipment and tools as for water wells, making drilling for energy an easy add on service.

2006 was the peak for this industry with 40 000 wells being drilled. Now there are in excess of 400,000 energy plants in Sweden based on shallow geothermal. Just about every Swedish citizen has a connection to what is known as “rock energy”. Mincon hammers have played an important part in this success.

Hard rock reaming job in IcelandMincon a company with over 36 years of manufacturing experience in Rock Drilling Equipment has over the last eleven years developed a complete range of Steerable Hard Rock Hammer Systems for trenchless drilling applications. With the most extensive range of Pilot Hole Air Hammer systems sold worldwide the current Mincon range of tools is capable of drilling pilot hole sizes from 3 ½” to 9 1/4”.  With the industry’s only patented Pull Reaming Hammer reamed hole sizes in rock of up to 14” with before unseen production rates are now possible.

Mincon HDD Specialist, Jason Miller, was invited to participate in commissioning a HDD80 Pull Reaming Hammer in Vestmannaeyjar Island, Iceland. The customer for this project was Linuborun EHF of Reykjavic, Iceland. Vestmannaeyjar Island like most of Iceland is Volcanic. Volcanic activity in the area probably started about 100,000-200,000 years ago however it is believed that the island is younger than this, at 10,000-20,000 years old.

reverse circulation hammers available worldwideMincon manufactures Reverse Circulation products from its state of the art facility in Perth, Australia. This comprises the MX and MR ranges of hammers which are high performance geological sampling tools that have proven successful in a variety of locations and conditions.

Due to the nature of our clients diverse and often remote locations around the world Mincon have put a lot of focus on their supply chain to ensure availability of product on a timely and consistent basis.

Stock of RC products is held “in country” in Australia, Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, Chile and in the US which means we are confident of being able to supply Mincon customers efficiently in these locations. The range of locations where we hold stock is expanding all the time in line with product demand.

Mincon West Africa are proud to be Bronze sponsors of the 2013 Journées Minières et Pétrolières du Mali. This promises to be an interesting event with 3 days of conference sessions, workshops and trade exhibitions.

The exhibition will take place from 12th – 14th November 2013. The event is organised by theMinistry of Mines, Republic of Mali in association with AME Trade Ltd & DMC Africa.

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Mincon Southern Africa have just supplied a new customer, FUGRO MARINE SERVICES with 120 tons of Baroid Bentonite.Mincon Southern Africa Supply Fugro Marine Services picture 1Fugro, a company based out of the Netherland’s, is primarily an off-shore drilling company, servicing the oil and gas industry, and is currently operating off the Namibian coast where they are doing core sampling for their customer.

Mincon Southern Africa as the local BAROID IDP agent, was contacted due to the fact that they could supply direct into the ship, when it berthed in Walvis Bay, Namibia. Usually, the ship, the M.S BAVENIT, gets its drilling muds from Europe, but due to the fact that they are in the Atlantic Ocean, thousands of miles from their home base, Mincon were able to supply their needs.

Mincon new facility shannonMincon is involved in the design and manufacture of rock drilling equipment for almost 40 years.  The company’s range of DTH hammers and bits is supplied into many different drilling applications.

The increased scope of the Mincon range of products and the market demand for the company’s range of products has generated significant production challenges which the company has met and over the past twelve months has embarked on an ambitious expansion and refurbishment programme.

Due to this continuous success of its products and expansion into new markets the company has added an additional 2,322 Square Metres (25,000 Square Feet) to its manufaMincon Shannon Plant Expandscturing facility at its headquarters in Shannon.

drilling consumablesThe following appeared in an article in the April Edition of Mining Magazine which looked at various drilling consumables manufacturers and got their feedback on how the current economic climate and volatile commodity prices are affecting their business.

Mincon manufactures ranges of standard DTH and RC hammers and bits for the global mining industry. The standard range is available to suit most common industry bit shanks, and are designed to run on: surface DTH rigs, such as the Atlas

“We use only premium grades of steel for the manufacture of our DTH hammers and bits”

A range of some of Mincon’s hammers and bits

mincon hammer - supplied to EPC-UK Blasting Services by Rock Drill Engineering LtdFrom left to Right – Clive Roberts (Rock Drill Engineering Ltd), Barry Carson (EPC-UK Blasting Services), Jo Yates (Rock Drill Engineering Ltd).

A Mincon 4HDS DTH hammer has achieved a service life of almost 100,000 metres.

Most hammers will achieve a life expectancy of between 20,000 and 40,000 metres, dependent upon ground conditions and good drilling and maintenance practices.
The Mincon hammer supplied and serviced by Rock Drill Engineering, and used by EPC UK Blasting Services, managed a total of 96,500 metres over its lifetime, drilling in challenging conditions in North Wales (UK) and maintaining top performance throughout. Just the outer casing of the hammer was rebuilt 3 times, all of the main components were original.