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Published: 08-May-2020

MINROM Hydro finds Groundwater in Uganda

Drilling for water began during early March and the good news came a day later. MINROM Hydro’s new borehole now provides much relief to the project and the community.

Orom graphite project in Northern Uganda

MINROM Hydro is currently busy with its Orom graphite project in Northern Uganda. The project is ongoing with a full team of geologists on site and two diamond drill rigs on double shift. The project, however has not just sprung from nothing, and MINROM has meticulously planned every stage of the programme with its combined team of experience and energy.

Diamond drilling needs water

Diamond drilling programmes require water to aid and circulate drill cuttings to the surface and ultimately produce core products which MINROM can use to discover the nature of mineral deposits. But where do such vast amounts of water come from in such remote areas? The answer is the ground!

MINROM Hydro made use of combined aerial imagery, airborne and ground geophysical data and fracture analyses to identify and delineate water-bearing fault zones which were investigated by our ground-based team in Uganda. Our ground team confirmed the depth to water and the drilling for water began during early March. The good news came a day later – a combined 2L/s of fresh groundwater from MINROM Hydro’s new borehole!

Borehole providing relief to the project and the community

The borehole is currently providing water supply to not only the drilling operations, but to the nearby exploration camp, and the local village which relies on clean, uncontaminated water for daily living (Figure 1). The borehole has provided much relief to the project and the community, and MINROM Hydro and MINROM looks forward to continuing such positive efforts in its African projects. For more information on how MINROM and MINROM Hydro can too assist your groundwater needs, contact us today.

Figure 1: MINROM's Uganda groundwater study (a) flowing water at 2L/s from the new borehole
(b) MINROM Hydro installed a pump and piping to extract the water (c) rig operator drilling just before the blowout
(d) the MINROM Hydro ground team and local gentlemen from the nearby village.

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