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DTD Mobilizes to Puerto Rico

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This week, DTD loaded a drill rig, mud system, tooling and supplies aboard a cargo ship bound for Puerto Rico. Brian Younkin, Ph.D, field superintendent, and a crew assembled from our Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington offices will shortly follow the rig mobilization to complete horizontal biosparge wells at the Muniz Air National Guard facility jointly located at the San Juan International Airport in Puerto Rico.

One of DTD's Vermeer 24x40 drill rigs, set up behind a gas station in Indiana.

One of DTD’s Vermeer 24×40 drill rigs, set up behind a gas station in Indiana.

This is not DTD’s first off-shore project. Last summer, DTD completed an extensive project in Honolulu at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam to install several soil vapor extraction wells in a base housing area. Although drilling operations on more remote projects do not differ appreciably from those located on the continent, the logistics can change considerably, due to the lengthened supply chain. Equipment parts and many of the components of remediation wells are specialized and not easily available at remote sites, so thorough preparation is required to assure that the necessary spares and extras are included in the initial loadout to assure that the work can be accomplished.

For the Puerto Rico project, DTD is mobilizing one of our Vermeer 24×40 Navigator drill rigs, its associated mud system, and all support equipment. This versatile rig and its support equipment all fit in a single 48 foot semi-trailer, which was loaded aboard the island-bound cargo ship. This is in contrast to the Hawaii project, where a larger rig, mud system, and tooling required several cargo containers for the mobilization.

If you have a remediation or water supply project in a remote location, you can still consider horizontal drilling among your alternatives. Call DTD for more information on remote projects.