Through affiliate Group companies and diverse business sector initiative’s, Equator Drilling has the capacity to follow a broad operational footprint on the African continent, with specific reference to South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola. Our business model allows us to establish in-country business entities and operational bases before bringing in premium technical and support equipment and teams of qualified management, technical and operations personnel.
Within our operational jurisdictions, we give careful consideration to the laws, fiscal policies and customs of the Governments and the local people. We also aim to benefit local suppliers and service providers who are able to participate directly in our operations and/or supply chains.
Bruce Olivier, Managing Director
Bruce is a founding Director of Equator Drilling and currently bases himself out of Nairobi. Prior to the establishment of Equator Drilling, Bruce has been involved in the exploration and resource drilling industry for the past nine years, and held various senior Management and Directorship positions with a leading Sub-Saharan drilling contractor. Bruce has extensive experience throughout the African continent, and has led field teams which facilitate and project manage 24hour drilling programs in remote locations, and in multiple jurisdictions spanning the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. In Mozambique, he set up and established a successful drilling business subsidiary and operation. Bruce is also a trained game ranger and previously worked for one of the largest ecotourism groups in Africa.
Werner Kotzee, Country Manager – Mozambique
Werner started his career as a driller and progressed to the position of Site Manager for a leading Pan-African drilling company. He has operated in several jurisdictions including South Africa, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Namibia. As well as working on a number of different types of drilling rigs, the minerals he has drilled for include gold, copper, iron ore, platinum, zinc, coal and graphite. Werner joined the company in 2015 and has taken on the role of Fleet and Asset Manager. He oversees the allocation, maintenance and deployment of all machinery and equipment resources. He also plays a pivotal role in the procurement of new assets. He now oversees all Mozambican projects from the ED operation’s base in Pemba.
Robert is the Finance Manager of Equator Drilling SA a subsidiary of Maris Africa Limited. A Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA), he also holds a Bachelor of Accounts (Hons) degree from University of Zimbabwe and Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting (Hons) degree from Oxford Brookes University. With over 14 years experience, previously, he worked as the Finance Manager at Mimosa Platinum Mine and as a Project Accountant at Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (ZISCO Steel), where he spearheaded the project on farming implements manufacturing.
Dan Scheepers, Country Manager – DRC
Dan is currently heading up Equator Drilling’s operations in the DRC after managing remote exploration projects in Mozambique. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Stellenbosch University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental Management and Sustainability from UNISA. He started as a junior geologist with Anglo American Platinum, and joined Equator Drilling in 2017 after working on the company’s sites as an exploration geologist for a leading colored gemstone producer.
Albert Robinson, Drilling Supervisor
Albert is a second generation driller and drilled the first borehole for Equator Drilling back in 2014. He spent the early part of his career drilling for platinum in South Africa’s Bushveld complex where he drilled down to 2,000 meters. He then moved to Mozambique in 2012 to work for a leading international drilling contractor where he worked with numerous drilling rigs including the Sandvik DE710, XY models 2000, 42 and 44, and various Boart Longyear rigs such as the LF90. Albert has drilled for a wide array of minerals spanning from coal to colored gemstones. At Equator Drilling Albert leads the production of a multiple rig project in northern Mozambique whilst also internally training a reliable team of rig operators and assistants.
Although we are able to give an indication of general/provisional services rates and terms towards enquiries, in order to provide clients with a fast, clear and accurate quotation we follow a specific sequence:
Following the site assessment, and subject to, we reply to the enquiry with a final quotation of rates and term sheet. The terms will outline any pre-contractual particulars with specific reference to the rates definition, fuel policy, tax policy, site assessment notification and mobilization/de-mobilization policy. The rates categories are distinguished as follows:
Following any further clarification or explanation, and subject to the acceptance of our rates and terms, we submit a draft contract and/or any other supporting documentation such as company registration, trading and tax clearance certificates, CV’s of competent persons and safety and environmental policy for review by the client. A preferred and realistic mobilization date is set by both parties prior to the signing of a contract.
Our operating structure is made up of premium technical and operational equipment. Our capability allows us to carry out simultaneous projects in various jurisdictions whilst ensuring the best possible service to the client.
Sandvik DE710 – Coring
Superrock 100 – RC/Air Core/Auger
The essence of a successful drilling campaign is effective operational support and facilitation of the qualified technical site crew. We believe that a high ratio of operational personnel, vehicles, water supply and power plant versus a single drilling rig and its crew is essential in delivering the highest quality service to the client. This high level of support is an uncompromising feature of our operational model.
Through many collective years of field experience across a multitude of sectors, the Equator Drilling management team has developed a very good understanding of the potential risks associated with remote operations and logistics in the African bush. The management team is well versed in best practice methods in mitigating risk in the natural environments in which we work. In order to spread this knowledge to all sectors of the company, we have proudly created and introduced an occupational credo known as SiteSafe24™, which refers to our philosophy that: any member of staff, management or others, who may work on, manage or visit an Equator Drilling operated site, should be kept safe from injury, illness or harm, 24 hours a day. SiteSafe24™ sets out to address the ongoing health, safety and environmental challenges which are a constant presence within the mining and exploration industry. We use this as our “house brand” in our continued efforts to improve on our standards and methods of training. A few examples of how we go about managing our safety risks are as follows:
Ensuring that adequate training, risk assessment protocol and administration controls thereof, are fully in place before an individual undertakes a given task within the operation. An example of this is Toolbox Talks (TBTs) that are carried out on weekly basis focusing on a variety of topics from food hygiene to the correct usage of fire extinguishers.
Strict implementation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including heavy duty and high visibility coverall garments, steel toe safety boots, internationally rated hard hats, PVC or leather work gloves, protective eyewear and the use of ear plugs for tasks which expose an individual to certain noise decibel levels.
Establishment of effective Emergency Response Procedures (ERP’s), in the event of an accident or incident and for each field area worked in, including effective and reliable communication operational hardware as well as systems thereof.
Managing malaria risks through the use of mosquito nets, fumigation, encouraging all personnel to wear ankle and wrist length garments from dusk until dawn and constant vigilance on potential mosquito breeding grounds around the camp.
Managing the industrial risk associated with up to 24 hour production shifts can only be achieved through rigorous site supervision by highly qualified Drill Site Supervisors who constantly monitor the production, technical and safety activities on drill site/s for the duration of the program.
Enforcing strict driving policies, including daily & weekly vehicle checks and administration controls thereof, regular and routine preventative maintenance scheduling, ongoing driver competence assessments, adhering to legal vehicle speed limits and introducing conditional speed limits when off road, and especially when passing through rural villages.
A common misconception is that exploration drilling is a precursor to an eventual open pit mine, and so environmental management can be careless on this basis. We prefer to conduct our activity as though there may not be a future mine where we are exploring, and take whatever measures necessary to ensure minimal environmental impact and to reduce our carbon footprint. Some of these include:
Encouraging the use of well beaten tracks when mobilizing into new field areas and preventing the excessive opening of new access tracks from the main routes to the drill site/s.
Ensuring that camp sites are selected with care and that they do not impact negatively on the local communities, fauna and/or flora.
Preventing hydrocarbon spills, from the transportation, delivery and storage of fuels, on a daily/weekly/monthly basis and; ensuring that motor oils are carefully handled, stored and removed safely once used.
The preferred use of environmentally friendly and biodegradable chemicals, relating to technical and operational use.
Encouraging all stakeholders within the supply chain to comply with the preferred environmental best practice methods, through awareness and training.
A drilling operation consists of qualified, capable, level-headed and safety conscious individuals who have chosen a life of practical occupation, working in the field and often in tough, relatively uncomfortable conditions, in foreign countries and far away from home. If you think that these career characteristics match your particular attributes or qualifications, please send your curriculum vitae or resume to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org