Drilling for water began during early March and the good news came a day later. MINROM Hydro’s new borehole now provides much relief to the project and the community.

Orom graphite project in Northern Uganda

MINROM Hydro’s graphite project in the Orom districtof Northern Uganda is ongoing with a full team of geologists on site and two diamond drill rigs on double shift. The programmeis the consumation of months of meticulous planning every stage of the project, a paragon of our hydro team’s experience and energy.

Diamond drilling needs water

Diamond drilling programmes require water to aid and circulate drill cuttings to the surface and ultimately produce core products which MINROM can use to determine the nature of mineral deposits. But where do such vast amounts of water come from in such remote areas? The answer is the ground!

MINROM Hydro made use of combined aerial imagery, airborne and ground geophysical data and fracture analyses to identify and delineate water-bearing fault zones which were investigated by our ground-based team in Uganda. The team confirmed the depth to water, and drilling began early March 2020. The good news came a day later – a combined 2L/s of fresh groundwater from MINROM Hydro’s new borehole!

Borehole providing relief to the project and the community

The borehole currently provides water supply to not only the drilling operations, but also the nearby exploration camp and the local villagethat relies on clean, uncontaminated water for daily living (Figure 1). The borehole has provided much relief to the project and the community, and MINROM looks forward to continued positive efforts in its African projects. For more information on how MINROM can assist your groundwater needs too, contact us today.

Figure 1: MINROM’s Uganda groundwater study (a) Water flowing at 2L/s from the new borehole
(b) MINROM Hydro installed a pump and piping to extract the water (c) Rig operator drilling just before the blowout
(d) The MINROM Hydro ground team and local gentlemen from the nearby village.
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