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Atlas Copco Provides Total Solution for Coal Bed Methane Drilling - Complete drilling equipment and services increase overall efficiency


Since the world is running short of energy supplies, the prospect of large-scale development and utilization of coal bed methane as a premium, high-efficiency and clean energy is very attractive.

Atlas Copco China - Lanyan drill
One of the main local companies specializing in coal bed methane extraction, utilization, collection and transportation is Qinshui Lanyan Coalbed Methane Co., Ltd. (“Qinshui Lanyan”), a subsidiary under Jincheng Coal Mine Group.
In 2008, Qinshui Lanyan purchased an RD20 truck-mounted drill manufactured by Atlas Copco, which was matched with an Atlas Copco XRVS476 portable air compressor. When using a total set of Atlas Copco “down the hole” air drilling equipment, a 400 -500m well can be completed within 5-6 days. By comparison with traditional domestically-made mast-type water 2000 drilling rigs, the speed using Atlas Copco equipment is increased by 300%, while labor savings of 2/3 are made to create overall efficiency improvements of 70%. More significantly, this construction technique has little impact on the environment, reduces the workload of the workers and generates substantial economic benefits overall.
The main equipment necessary for shallow oil and gas air drilling includes a vehicle-borne drilling rig and device, portable air compressor and booster. In May 2008, Atlas Copco acquired Hurricane booster business from Grimmer Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of boosters for more than 40 years. This has made Atlas Copco the only manufacturer that is able to provide the entire set of equipment. It not only provides customers with full experience and actual application guides, but also provides all after-sales services, therefore removing the need to coordinate multiple suppliers simultaneously and save customers time. It is believed that in the near future, a complete set of Atlas Copco’s yellow air drilling equipment will become part of the beautiful scenery in the major oil and gas fields of China.

For further information please contact:
John Shen, Product Manager
Atlas Copco (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd. – Compressor Technique
Phone: +86 21 6108 2344

Portable Air is a division within Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area. It develops, manufactures and markets portable compressors and generators for prime or standby power worldwide. Products and services are offered to the construction, rental and general industries under several brands. The divisional headquarters and main production center are located in Antwerp, Belgium.

Atlas Copco is a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions. The products and services range from compressed air and gas equipment, generators, construction and mining equipment, industrial tools and assembly systems, to related aftermarket and rental. In close cooperation with customers and business partners, and with 136 years of experience, Atlas Copco innovates for superior productivity. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the Group’s global reach spans more than 160 markets. In 2008, Atlas Copco had 34 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 74 (BEUR 7.7). Learn more at