Drilling and Prospection

Any mining project begins with prospection. The central figure in this chapter will be the Mexican Geological Survey (SGM), the entity responsible for mapping the country and providing accurate geological data for exploration companies. Exploration is a risky business at the best of times but tools such as satellite imaging and 3-D mapping are helping to improve the accuracy of prospection and sample analysis to give companies the best chance of making a return on investment.

The second part of the chapter will focus on drilling. Technological developments are constantly delivering safer, more fuel-efficient drill-rigs that can have a real impact on the success of exploration projects. With prices recovering, exploration is becoming increasingly viable and drilling companies are under pressure to provide the most efficient technology.