Client: KGHM International (Formerly Quadra FNX)
Location: Sierra Gorda, Chile
Drill Rigs Committed: 4


Geotech was awarded a program at the Sierra Gorda mine in 2010, to conduct geotechnical drilling and testing services. Based on the quality of service, Geotech was extended an opportunity to provide exploration drilling services, which were ongoing through 2012. During this period, Geotech also completed drilling operations at the KGHM (formerly Quadra FNX) owned Frankie Mine operation in central Chile.

Throughout the program Geotech employed drill crews that consisted up to 95% local national personnel, with only senior management/ supervisory roles occupied by Canadian employees. Through this socially responsible opportunity for nationals, Geotech was able to gain exposure to cultural and language sensitivity, which otherwise may have presented challenges. Geotech was successful through its training and implementation of cultural awareness, to create a lasting partnership between all groups over the course of the program.

Geotech provided a total of four drills to complete this program. Two Fraste MDXL track mount drills, one Fraste FS 250 track mount drill, and one Hydracore 2000 trailer mounted drill, were utilized on the program to complete the surface drilling operations. Borehole coring depths of up to 800 meters HQ, and 400 meters PQ, were completed on these properties.

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