Daily Site Reports

November 28, 2014
The Chew Bahir team reached the ultimate finish line for this project, having drilled to a final depth of 278.58 mbs for hole 2A and 266.38 mbs for the duplicate core from hole 2B...

November 26, 2014
After a highly productive 24hrs collecting almost 90m of core the drilling rig was hit with a broken hydraulic line...

November 24, 2014
Progress continues at the Chew Bahir Site...

November 22, 2014
A good day at the Chew Bahir drilling site...

November 21, 2014
Slow but steady progress at site 2B...

November 20, 2014
The team has started drilling the twinned hole a few meters away from the first site and were down to 30 meters...

November 17, 2014
Drilling has stopped at the current site at 281m with 87% recovery...

November 16, 2014
HSPDP-CHB14-2A is now the deepest of the HSPDP campaign!...

November 15, 2014
Drilling slowed considerably on the 14th-15th...

November 14, 2014
The Chew Bahir crew is still powering through at the first site, currently down to ~210m...

November 12, 2014
Things improved lithologically...

November 10, 2014
Drilling is currently at 65m, but has hit a lot of sand...

November 6, 2014
After dealing with some logistical challenges (par for the course), drilling commenced...

October 31, 2014
Drilling is about to get underway at Chew Bahir!...

July 11, 2014
And that's a wrap for the Magadi site!

July 5, 2014
Just before the shift change last night we hit the basement trachyte in hole 2A, finishing up at ~197.5 meters below surface...

July 3, 2014
Slow but steady progress at Magadi...

June 30, 2014
Started drilling today at Site 2...

June 29, 2014
Today the drillers are preparing Site 2 to start coring tomorrow morning...

June 28, 2014
On the 27th, right at the day shift to night shift change the drilling hit trachyte volcanic rocks, the basement rocks for the L. Magadi basin...

June 27, 2014
Today we finished putting in the new casing and getting the drill rod back down to near our maximum drilling depth of 125m...

June 26, 2014
The last 2 days have been pretty trying for the drill and science teams...

June 24, 2014
We are down to ~114m in the second hole about 2m away from our original one...

June 23, 2014
We've been down for 2 days now...

June 20, 2014
We were down all day waiting for a part to be machined...

June 17, 2014
On the 17th the broken sub adaptor was taken to the mine machine shop for repair, but because of meetings related to the imminent mine layoffs the repair had to ultimately be done on site...

June 16, 2014
After a very productive first day of drilling things slowed down...

June 15, 2014
Yesterday was the first day of drilling at Magadi...

June 13, 2014
Magadi science team is assembled in Nairobi...

March 25, 2014
The Chew Bahir team has reached a drilling depth of 41.50 m...

March 24, 2014
After waiting for a spare part for a few days, the Chew Bahir team is now at 41m depth in hole 1...

March 22, 2014
As of March 21 with three first successful coring days the CB team reached a sub bottom depth of 26m...

March 20, 2014
Chew Bahir has begun drilling the first of two 50m test holes...

March 21, 2014
Afar drilling campaign complete...

March 19, 2014
At 230m depth the #3 basalt(65m thick) and dark mudstones has been reached...

March 18, 2014
Shortly after hitting basalt #3 we encountered too much torque to continue drilling as planned...

March 15, 2014
At the end of the PM shift, current depth is 167 meters...

March 13, 2014
The Weranso (Northern Awash) drilling is at about 114 meters depth...

March 12, 2014
After moving the gear to the Ledi site (~13km west of Osi Isi)

March 4, 2014
Apparently third time is not a charm...

February 28, 2014
Due to a series of equipment complications, we had to abandon the 2nd hole...

February 27, 2014
At 185 meters...

February 25, 2014
The N. Awash drilling team has made it to 152 m below the surface...

February 23, 2014
Drilling has commenced...

February 20, 2014
The team arrived at the N. Awash site and have set up camp...

February 18, 2014
Today's main task was to load the drilling equipment and materials along with other camp gear onto the Geosearch vehicle...

February 16-17, 2014
The last members of the first wave of the science team arrived in Addis this evening...

February 15, 2014
Work is underway in Addis Ababa...

W. Turkana DPI log summaries, June 20- July 6, 2013

July 8, 2013
Yesterday we tried getting the HQ back down to 215m, but were stopped at about 200 meters (5 rods short)...

July 6, 2013
Some good news...

July 3, 2013
The drilling team has been having problems advancing the last 2 days because of a combination of very high torque on the drill rods...

June 30, 2013
With the casing needing recementing it has been a slow two days, but as of this morning Kenya time we were making headway again...

June 28, 2013
After a day and a half of slow progress, tripping pipe and casing we are back in business drilling!...

June 25, 2013
Day 3 of drilling...

June 24, 2013
Day 2 of drilling...

June 23, 2013
Day 1 was a slow set up....

June 9, 2013
Arrived on site and began tripping rods back to bottom...

June 8, 2013
Started the day at 204.85 and had to core 0.4m to allow access for HW casing...

June 7, 2013
With one vehicle broken down in Nairobi and one broken down at the bottom of the hill we took a taxi to the bottom of the hill and then drove the Land Cruiser that was at the top of the hill to the site...

June 6, 2013
Still on a shortened drilling day with Mike arriving back to the drill site in Baringo at 2pm...

June 5, 2013
Started coring at 119.40m, with Mike in Nairobi getting his pins taken out of his leg today we are still on one extended drilling shift with both DPI crews working together while Mike is gone...

June 3, 2013
After night shift advanced the casing we are now getting about 90% returns...

June 1, 2013
Breakfast at 6:30 then all members drive to site for a single 12 hour shift with both day and night shifts working together to get everyone up to speed and trained...

May 30, 2013
Leave Norfolk Towers at 8am (Anders, Beau and Rich) and take taxi to NOCK yard...

May 29, 2013
After breakfast at Baringo Mike picked up Beau and I, then headed to Nairobi so we could receive the containers that afternoon...

May 28, 2013
Arrived on site with DPI already starting to dig out the circulation pits...

May 27, 2013
Set up rig...

May 26, 2013
Mobilization. Drive from Marigat town to site...

May 25, 2013
Met Mike Scarpelini with DPI after breakfast and started driving to Baringo...

May 24, 2013
Beau called Joseph with Beacon Movers to get update on when containers would arrive in Nairobi...

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