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Larco, Vrysakia mine, Greece

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Project Information

Larco is a Greek ferronickel miner and one of the biggest exporters in Europe. In 2018 decided to proceed with exploration and geotechnical assessment to the “Vrysakia” mine.
  • Client :Larco
  • Location :Greece
  • Year launched :2018
  • Status :Finished
  • Value :100 k€
  • Drilled :1,000 meters

Project Description

One (1) surface rig was deployed to conduct exploration drilling in selected boreholes. A combination of destructive and wireline core drilling was necessary to achieve the desired: get high recovery core samples for further analysis for their chemical Fe-Ni content and their geotechnical characteristics. The project required uni- and triaxial lab testing in selected samples.

Project Challenge

The project included a combination of destructive and core drilling down to the desired depth.

  • Combination of destructive and core drilling
  • High recovery required
  • Lab stress tests


The project was successfully executed on time and cores were delivered to Client’s geologists for geological/geotechnical logging, assaying and interpretation of the geotechnical lab results.

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