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The Nature of Drilling Rigs

A lot of people are not aware of the real nature of a drilling rig. A drilling rig is actually a machine which creates holes on the ground called “boreholes” or shafts in the ground. What is its purpose? A drilling rig is mainly used to sample sub-surface mineral deposits; test rock, soil, and groundwater physical properties; and is used to install sub-surface fabrications. These sub-surface fabrications may include underground utilities, instrumentation, tunnels, or wells.

Drilling rig
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A drilling rig can be differentiated by the size of the equipments used. There are massive structures that housed equipments used to drill water wells, oil wells, or natural gas extraction wells. It can be small enough to be moved manually by one person. It can also be mobile equipment mounted on trucks, tracks or trailers, or it can be permanent land or marine-based structures.

Oil companies are operating worldwide and in different environments such as offshore, in jungles, deserts, swamps, in residential areas and a whole lot more. Because modern rigs are using environmentally safe technology, extracting of oil is now less environmentally risky.

Drilling rigs are very important for humanity as people are dependent on water for survival, especially in developing nations where they are dependent on groundwater. The oil and gas extracted are important for industries and for

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