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The Benefits of Horizontal Boring

30/01/2021

Horizontal boring, sometimes referred to as directional boring, horizontal directional drilling, slant drilling or deviated drilling is a method of laterally drilling holes in rock from a vertical well hole. In the oil and gas industry, horizontal boring involves drilling wells through a zone of oil or gas-bearing rock at angles from the vertical well hole. The oil or gas is extracted from the seam and then refined.

The technology is also used in the installation of utility pipelines: when pipelines need to make crossings under rivers, roads and existing structures. A pilot borehole is drilled along a pre-determined bore path from the surface with minimum disturbance. Directional boring crosses the breach that would other wise be inaccessible using excavators or other traditional digging means.

The technique is an effective way to transport utilities via pipes and conduits without damaging the environment that lies in between two points. The technology is trenchless and can therefore be applied in situations where standard open cut trenching techniques are impossible, like near rivers or roads or in populated areas. Horizontal drilling can be used to connect utilities in busy areas. 

Trenching VS Horizontal Boring

Traditional open cut trenching techniques are the most common and most affordable way to install and connect utility pipelines. However, the method is limited by the environment and can only be used when the ground above the pipeline can be disturbed without harming nearby roads, buildings or natural landmarks. Horizontal boring can be used in these situations and in hard to access areas.

The installation cost for trenching is usually six to eight times less than horizontal drilling. However, if the high price tag is excluded in a comparison, horizontal boring is more effective and more widely applicable. The two techniques are often used in tandem. Trenching is used in easy to access areas and is more cost effective, horizontal boring takes care of everything elsewhere at a higher price. 

Contact Tebco

At Tebco, we know that short lead times and no stoppages are the key requirements to support your horizontal boring needs. This why we hold stock of key parts and offer full service back up. Call us on 0246772649 to place an order for any products or equipment available on our online store. We’re open for business Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. We eagerly look forward to hearing from you soon.