The New Boart Longyear LX11 Multipurpose Rig Delivers Cost Savings

      The New Boart Longyear LX11 Multipurpose Rig Delivers Cost Savings

PR Newswire

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 29, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Boart Longyear
(• ASX: BLY), the world's leading integrated exploration
drilling products and services provider, is introducing the LX™11 as an
economical multipurpose drilling rig for the mineral exploration market. The
new LX11 multipurpose drilling rig features improved safety mechanisms, track
mounting, a smaller footprint, and an overall lower cost of ownership.

The medium-size LX11 is an addition to the existing line of Boart Longyear
multipurpose drilling rigs, the LX6 and the LX16. With capabilities to perform
reverse circulation (RC) and diamond core drilling, the LX11 allows
exploration drillers to use one drill rig when encountering various ground
conditions. This lowers initial capital investment and limits the costly
downtime required to switch rigs to match drilling conditions.

"The multipurpose LX11 drilling rig is the culmination of many years of
hands-on experience, advanced engineering and field testing," said Justin
Warren, Boart Longyear global product manager. "The versatility of the LX11
allows drilling contractors the ability to supplement the roles of multiple
rigs with the simplicity of one, saving on equipment costs."

The LX11 can reach depths of 1,450 meters (4750 ft) using NQ rods via diamond
drilling and depths of 325 meters (1065 ft) using 114-millimeter (4.5-in) rods
via RC drilling. A 7.2-meter (23.6-ft) mast and a top drive head allow 6-meter
(13-ft) rods to be pulled under the head for increased productivity. A top
drive single rotary drill head features 1,200 rpm and a maximum torque of 7.8
kNm (5,800 ft-lbf) at 100 rpm.

Several safety features are incorporated into the LX11, beginning with a
strategically placed control panel for ideal visibility, a remote control for
driving the rig at a safe distance and an interlocked safety cage to protect
drillers from the rotating drill string. Lastly, the LX11 can be equipped with
a rod handler for safe and efficient handling of both RC and diamond coring

The small footprint of the LX11 allows for easier site access and
maneuverability. It is also designed to fit into a 12-meter-high (40-ft-high)
cube container, making it more economical to ship to remote locations.

Track mounting increases the mobility of the LX11 with the ability to handle
steeper grades and lowers environmental impact.

To learn more about the LX11, visit

About Boart Longyear
With over 120 years of expertise, Boart Longyear is the world's leading
provider of drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling for
the mining industry. It also has a substantial drilling and products presence
in mine de-watering, environmental sampling, energy and oil sands

Boart Longyear is a global company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA,
and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:BLY) in Sydney,
Australia. Sales in 2011 were over US$2.0 billion, and the company employs
over 9,000 employees worldwide. Contract drilling services are conducted in
over 40 countries. Exploration drilling equipment and performance tooling are
manufactured in six global factories and sold to customers in over 100

Boart Longyear was a private company for over 85 years. In 1975, it was
purchased by Anglo American which was headquartered in Johannesburg, South
Africa. Then in 2005, private equity purchased Boart Longyear from Anglo
American and subsequently listed the company on the ASX in April of 2007.

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Contact: Vincent Trotta
Director of Global Product Management and Sales Operations
Phone: +1 801-952-8430

SOURCE Boart Longyear

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