Unit Export Limited has just completed the successful commissioning and handover of a mobile Drilling Rig to Vanuatu in the South Pacific. The project involved sourcing a suitable heavy duty 4×4 Isuzu Chassis through the local distributor in Vanuatu, the design and construction of the drill rig body from the UK manufacturer and the supply of a large compressor unit from the USA.
All components were shipped directly to Port Villa where the assembly and commissioning of the unit was overseen and completed by engineers from Vanuatu, the manufacturer and a representative from Unit Export.
The drilling rig will be operated by the Department of Geology, Mines and Water Resources and will involve the rig being transported in between and travelling around the islands of Vanuatu, accessing remote areas to provide ground water bore holes in priority zones that have no current sources of clean and safe water. This work is critical to the long term recovery efforts from Cyclone Pam that devastated the country in early 2015 and more recently the effects of El Niño weather conditions which have led to significant dry weather and water shortages across the islands.
The project was funded through the European Union backed “Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project”, which in turn was implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).