Plant specialist Atlas Copco has launched a new drilling rig specifically designed for mines or construction sites lacking water and electrical infrastructure.
The Boomer E1 C-DH comes with dual onboard 450l water tanks and a Deutz diesel engine to drive the rig, its boom and the drill’s hydraulic pumps.
It is also one of the larger diesel-powered rigs on the market, with a coverage area of up to 95m². Atlas Copco thinks the rig can be used to get projects on site faster.
“In the case of a new project, the rig can be used to get started even before water and electricity are installed at the job site,” said Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation product manager Johan Jonsson. “Mines begin earning sooner, and contractors are able to get ahead on their schedules.” Jonsson also pointed to the new drill rig’s advantages in widening existing tunnels or adding bolts in older workings, as it is not necessary to install power and water infrastructure to support the rig on-site.