Mining Ventilation Shafts

As a world leader in safe mining infrastructure provision, Abergeldie’s ability to provide a faster, safer and more reliable way of boring large diameter shafts for access, ventilation and foundations has been well-proven in the successful completion of blind bored ventilation shafts for clients such as BHP Billiton, North Goonyella Coal and Springvale Coal.

Our drill rigs use innovative technology and set a benchmark for mechanised shaft excavation. Their drilling capabilities range from 1.5m to 6.5m diameter; up to 700m deep. Our methods and equipment are particularly effective through difficult ground conditions including fractured strata, high pressure aquifers and deep hard rock. Shafts can be built without interruption to mine production.

Safety is a paramount concern. Abergeldie can provide a high quality lined ventilation shaft without the need for personnel to work inside the shaft during construction, making blind boring the safest method of shaft construction.The Abergeldie team has undertaken numerous ventilation shaft projects across Australia, with projects and achievements including:

  • Drilling of Southern Coalfields ventilation shaft – Abergeldie’s deepest ever blind-bored shaft construction
  • Ulan West ventilation shaft contract – Winner, Category 3 NSW CCF Earth Awards 2013
  • Design and construction of two deep vertical shafts – Ravensworth Mine and Dendrobium.

A range of Abergeldie’s ventilation shaft projects can be viewed below.