Design of A Portable Hydraulic Water Borehole Drilling Rig

A.R.S. Dienagha, G.C. Ikenyiri, Steve Odi – Owei


One of mankind’s most important needs – water has been a very scarce commodity in Nigeria. Federal, State and Local Governments are not doing enough to provide portable water for the Nigerian populace hence borehole drilling has become a big business. Water boreholes are being drilled with manual methods using the tripod and seismic systems. These methods do not produce high quality potable water. Borehole drilling rigs that can produce appropriate quality of water are imported and are costly and borehole drillers can hardly afford them. It therefore became imperative for Nigerian Engineers to design and produce effective and cheaper water drilling rigs. Consequently, a hydraulic water drilling rig has been designed. The design satisfies the requirements of drill diameter and depth and has economic advantage over the imported rigs. The manufacture of the rig in Nigeria will also enhance the technological development of the country.

KEY WORDS: Design, Portable, Hydraulic, Water, Borehole, Drilling, Rig.

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