In the beginning of 2009 Devico was called in to assist Agnico-Eagle in their deep drilling program at the Kittilä mine in Finland. As the holes often go down to 1200 meters a significant amount of meters could be saved by branching off holes.
During the first year of drilling more than 23 000 meters were reported saved in a 57 000 meter drilling program, leading to time savings of 30% and cost savings closer to 25%.
Jukka Välimaa – Senior Geologist
“From January to September 2009 we drilled 45 holes /26,750 meters) using Devico technology. In a conventional drilling approach we would have drilled 47,000 meters, so Devico saved 20,750 meters.”
Summary of the DCD project after the first year of operation