There is growing international interest in a new type of exploration drilling rig, designed and manufactured in Perth.
Mines Minister Gordon Hill today unveiled the drill rig, the Edson K8000 HD, produced by Edson Mining Services in Queens Park.
Mr Hill said the K8000 had a greater drilling depth capacity than other conventional rigs (about 1,200 metres), was cleaner to operate and easier to service in the field.
"This design is significantly different to existing exploration drilling rigs and, although relatively new on the market, it has attracted the eye of mining interests in Thailand and the Middle East," Mr Hill said.
"This is encouraging for the further overseas export of Western Australian mining equipment.
"Australian mining equipment engineers and manufacturers are at the forefront of world design technique, and Edson is at the very cutting edge of that development."
The rig unveiled today will see service in the Eastern Goldfields where Mundy Drilling of Kalgoorlie has purchased the machine for nearly $400,000.
The managing director of Edson Mining Services, Jack Thomas, said the K8000 utilised field proven components, but was a new drill concept incorporating modern technology based on years of engineering experience.
In 1987, Edson Mining Services was awarded the Australian Good Design Award for the series 6000 drill rig.