7th February 2023
Cluff Geothermal’s Predator rig package has been granted a letter of export from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). The letter, dated 27th January 2023 releases the rig package, enabling it to be mobilised to projects inside and outside of the country. Cluff Geothermal is actively pursuing several options for the rig package both in the East Africa region and further afield. The Epiroc Predator P220 drilling rig (1,000 hp, 220,000 lbs pullback capacity) is offered alongside its supporting mud package and extensive spare parts inventory.
Recommissioned throughout 2022, the Predator and supporting mud system have been classified as ready to drill following an extensive rig audit and endurance test by a leading UK-based rig inspection company. The Predator is a highly mobile, largely automated, self-driven unit offering the ability to increase rates of penetration with lower operating costs and significant time savings.
Predator rig packages are used around the world in various subsurface conditions to complete wells up to 2,500 m depth. Cluff Geothermal previously deployed the Predator within the Menengai caldera in Kenya for geothermal top-hole drilling as part of a mixed fleet drilling campaign. At Menengai, with its challenging volcanic environment for drilling, the Predator was able to significantly increase drilling rates.