1 Million Metres Drilled (and more)

July 16, 2018

1 Million Metres Drilled (and more)

Can you believe that we are already halfway through the year?

The first half of 2018 has been exciting for Ranger Drilling, with the addition of new staff and three new rigs to prepare for growing demand. We recently outlined a few key areas of focus for the next 12 months, all of which fit within our ethos being Safe, Loyal, Progressive and Productive.

Speaking of productive: reflecting on some achievements over the past six months, one stand out performance milestone is reaching 1 million metres drilled at Roy Hill, along with improved efficiencies in the workplace. How else are we raising the standard in the industry?


We’re continuing to build upon the variety of talents and backgrounds within our team. This year has already brought us two new female offsiders, and we’re keen to include more women in all areas of Ranger Drilling.

Ranger Drilling has built a solid partnership with the Wirrpanda Foundation, with the intention of providing a pathway to employment for Indigenous youth. Over the past 6 months, Ranger have spent time with Indigenous applicants from the Foundation, giving them an understanding of life as a Ranger Offsider. This has led to the employment of 5 Indigenous candidates working both in the field and in the Wangara Yard.


Another key focus for us will be to continue to develop and utilise downhole tooling to improve safety and efficiency.

Drill Automation

Also in the vein of safety and efficiency, Ranger Drilling has formed a partnership with Cortex Intelligence Systems to automate some of our more labour-intensive and higher-risk processes.

Safety on Site

The new Rig 18 boasts all the latest safety features, including hands-free rod handling. Read more about Rig 18 here.

Encouraging Even Deeper Loyalty

Personal development and further opportunities for training are high on our list of priorities. In 2018, we celebrated two of our employees reaching 10 years of service. Jason Howey, our maintenance supervisor, started in March 2008, and Site Supervisor Wayne Gregory began in July 2008. It’s an honour to have such loyal employees who have brought such great value to Ranger Drilling.

We are incredibly proud of the team we have and are looking at training and personal development opportunities to improve employee retention.

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Never ones to rest on our laurels, Ranger Drilling continues to find ways to improve. Some of our most progressive moves include automation of drill systems, streamlining Mineral Data Processing and integrating rig robotics. These new tech systems also mean training our team in new skills. We’ve also started fitting out all our rigs with Drill Monitor Systems.

And that’s just the first six months of the year. We look forward to working further with all our clients to make 2018 a year to remember.