Testing of drilling equipment

The use of Riksriggen (the Swedish national research infrastructure for scientific drilling, located at Lund University) will allow new drilling methods and drilling equipment to be tested at relatively low cost since there is no charge for rig rental to research projects (commercial users pay a commercial rate). An important component of such testing is later analysis of material wear and possible failure. In addition, testing operations will allow various groups involved in exploration to get on-site training, such as drillers, geologists and geophysicists. The testing procedures will increase European competence in drilling methodology.