1991

Graham and Karen Taylor formed a partnership called East Coast Drilling & Pumps. A Gardner Denver rig was found in a quarry on the West Coast. The rig was rebuilt and mounted on the back of a truck. The rig was drilling wells around Canterbury by early 1992.

1994

Graham and his father, Charlie Taylor, visited the USA and bought a Schramm T64 drilling rig from Taylor Well Drilling in Ozark, Arkansas (no relation). The rig was shipped to NZ on its left-hand drive truck and modified to suit local conditions. This rig is still in operation although it has had several upgrades including the truck and compressor.

1997

A cable tool drilling rig was required for certain jobs so the Hydromaster 1500 rig was purchased.

1998

A T685 Schramm drilling rig was bought from Australia to enable the drilling of larger diameter and deeper wells. The rig was mounted on a truck once it arrived in NZ.

1999

The property on West Melton Rd was purchased and the workshop and yard, where the business is still based today, was established.

2002

Another trip to the USA was taken to buy a larger cable tool rig – the Bucyrus Erie 28L was found in Salt Lake City.

2003

A deck kit for a T660 Schramm rig was purchased. This was remanufactured in the yard and mounted on a truck together with a new Atlas Copco 350/900 compressor and an Atlas 6000 casing hammer.

2004

East Coast Drilling Ltd was incorporated in 2004. This is a picture of the fleet taken at that time.

2014

Graham and Karen’s son, Aaron started working for the business. Aaron is a qualified fitter and turner and is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. Aaron is pictured with the recently purchased D&B 8-W rig.

1991

Graham and Karen Taylor formed a partnership called East Coast Drilling & Pumps. A Gardner Denver rig was found in a quarry on the West Coast. The rig was rebuilt and mounted on the back of a truck. The rig was drilling wells around Canterbury by early 1992.

1994

Graham and his father, Charlie Taylor, visited the USA and bought a Schramm T64 drilling rig from Taylor Well Drilling in Ozark, Arkansas (no relation). The rig was shipped to NZ on its left-hand drive truck and modified to suit local conditions. This rig is still in operation although it has had several upgrades including the truck and compressor.

1997

A cable tool drilling rig was required for certain jobs so the Hydromaster 1500 rig was purchased.

1998

A T685 Schramm drilling rig was bought from Australia to enable the drilling of larger diameter and deeper wells. The rig was mounted on a truck once it arrived in NZ.

property on West Melton Rd

1999

The property on West Melton Rd was purchased and the workshop and yard, where the business is still based today, was established.

2002

Another trip to the USA was taken to buy a larger cable tool rig – the Bucyrus Erie 28L was found in Salt Lake City.

2003

A deck kit for a T660 Schramm rig was purchased. This was remanufactured in the yard and mounted on a truck together with a new Atlas Copco 350/900 compressor and an Atlas 6000 casing hammer.

East Coast Drilling fleet

2004

East Coast Drilling Ltd was incorporated in 2004. This is a picture of the fleet taken at that time.

2014

Graham and Karen’s son, Aaron started working for the business. Aaron is a qualified fitter and turner and is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. Aaron is pictured with the recently purchased D&B 8-W rig.

Phone

03 347 9337

Email

ecdrill@xtra.co.nz