Oil & Gas
Fecon products are used frequently in the oil and gas industry for land clearing, for right of way clearing, for exploration and infrastructure, and for seismic exploration.
High production is achieved for the pipline with high horsepower track and wheeled carriers equipped with mulchers, stump grinders, and milling heads to handle vegetation including trees, brush, stumps, and roots. Chippers are used in the reduction of trees harvested with feller bunchers or excavators. The Log Jaw is used to facilitate processing of larger-diameter wood in chippers and grinders. Compact track loaders with mulchers are used to clear narrow lanes ahead of drills used to prepare blast holes for seismic exploration. UTV’s are used for carrying explosives for seismic exploration, and for a variety of uses such as transporting materials, mobilizing service equipment for mechanics, fueling of equipment, and more.
Seismic exploration presents a unique and challenging set of circumstances for clearing the woody vegetation. In extreme winter conditions the 1.75 and 3.0 meter wide lines are typically cut across challenging ground conditions while taking care to avoiding environmental impact outside of the designated spaces. Contractors require tracked mulching equipment with low ground pressure characteristics, balanced stability, excellent visibility, and great tractive effort to work through snow or traverse icy slopes. Arctic winter packages are necessary to enable start-up and operation in temperatures reaching below -40 C, and durability is essential to meet the rigorous demands of this application. In other areas high ambient temperatures with wet or dry dusty conditions call for high powered wheeled or tracked carriers with extreme cooling capacity for the drivetrain and operator.
When it comes to drilling shallow depth shot holes for seismic exploration, productivity is measured by holes drilled per day. Often these holes are 20-30 feet in depth, spread out across varying conditions that could be flat, hilly, soft or hard ground, farm fields, or land covered in brush or trees, or rocks. The EX300S is configured to have what the crew needs where it is needed with as few steps as possible to maximize drill time. With a drill travel speed of up to 7mph they can get to the next hole quickly. The front-mounted mast assembly allows the operator to see where they want to drill, and position the machine without getting out of the cab. With 20-feet (6 m) of drill rod already on the mast, the 2-person crew quickly gets to work using the simple controls mounted next to the mast at the front of the cab. If more than 20-foot (6 m) depth is required, a crew member is just steps away from additional drill rod at the right side of the machine. In most cases they will start with an auger bit, but if tough rock is present they quickly install the air hammer and keep on drilling.
The low ground pressure of 4.5 gpsi and balance of the machine makes it possible to work in swamps, soft soils, and other wet conditions. The swing rollers support the flexible rubber track as it follows the contour of uneven terrain, keeping engaged with the ground for traction as the machine powers up slopes of up to 25-degrees, or through muddy conditions.
Rubber tracks enable unloading and driving on paved roads with minimal risk of impact. For the seismic industry, this can save time and money when working in populated areas, crossing driveways, parking lots, or roads during exploration. There rarely would be need to lay boards or tires before crossing as you would have to do with steel track machines. In fact, there are times when the Fecon EX300S drill could be driven out of the woods, down a paved road, and back into the next access point while drills on steel tracks would be loaded and trucked to go just a few blocks.
Geothermal Ground Loop Drilling
Fecon manufactures a drill rig and support trailer that is uniquely suited for residential and small commercial geothermal ground loop drilling applications. For operators offering geothermal heating and cooling installations as a way to provide a renewable energy source, having an efficient means of drilling ground loops in the right spot with minimal disturbance is essential. It all comes down to cost-effective installation of geothermal energy systems.
Drilling ground loops for geothermal heating systems on properties with existing structures can be a challenge. The GL300 can counter-rotate and the operator has great visibility to move the drill into areas not accessible to traditional drill rigs. Traditional drill rigs mounted on trucks can be very large with poor maneuverability. To gain access where drilling must take place, fences may need to be removed and re-installed, or mature trees may need to be cut down. In some cases a truck or steel-track mounted drill may not be able access the desired work area at all.
Geothermal ground loops for residential and small commercial heating and cooling systems often require a series of holes with depths between 120’-200’, and on occasion 300’. Think of crew efficiency by having 210’ of depth capacity as well as auger, air hammer, and selective wet drilling options at the location of the holes. No running air lines from an air compressor located at the street, and little or no carrying additional drill rod from the truck.