Operating in Mauritania since 2015


SBDM began operations in Mauritania in 2015 under an iron ore drilling program for Societe Nationale Industrielle Miniere (SNIM) at Zouerate. Toward the end of 2015, the global iron ore market went through a period of severe weakness and drilling budgets were cut by almost all mining companies in the iron ore industry. However, SBDM maintained its presence in Mauritania and has since been working with other iron ore and gold exploration companies in the country.


SBD Drilling owns and operates a fleet of technologically advanced, environmentally friendly Atlas Copco Explorac 220 RC rigs as well as the associated auxiliary equipment. Currently, one of these rigs is located in Mauritania and ready to mobilise to projects in and around the country. We specialise in deep hole reverse circulation (RC) drilling with capabilities of 400+m depth. The rigs are track mounted and equipped with noise suppression canopies, automated rod handling systems, fire suppression, on board sampling units and working at heights safety systems.

We utilise Atlas Copco auxiliary compressors and Hurricane boosters with a combined output of 2200 cfm @ 1000 psi enabling our rigs to reach target depths with high-quality dry samples. The smaller size of SBDM’s Explorac rigs means a smaller pad size than the equivalent Schramm or KWL RC rigs, resulting in less environmental impact whilst still having the air to drill the holes successfully. The rigs are very fuel efficient compared to competitors rigs with the same capability and a smaller footprint for drill pads.

SBDM employs highly credentialed drillers and fitters that are experienced in deep hole RC drilling. All of our senior employees have a strong safety culture that complements SBDM’s safety procedures and systems. This enables SBDM to complete drilling campaigns on time, within budget, while meeting our goal of zero harm to our people and the environment. We have regularly operated through the wet season in West Africa and have no issues with steep access tracks.