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Specialised Plant: Air Compressors

Air compressors used for conventional air drilling are specialised plant designed for specific drilling applications. These compressors are not as common as general-purpose compressors and are primarily used in the field of oil and gas drilling, geotechnical drilling, deep excavations and other industries where air drilling is employed.

  1. Specialist Use:

    • Conventional air drilling relies on compressed air to lift drilling cuttings from the borehole and create a stable drilling environment.

    • These compressors are tailor-made to deliver high-pressure and high-volume airflow, meeting the specific requirements of air drilling techniques.

  2. Purpose-Built:

    • Air compressors for conventional air drilling are purpose-built machines, engineered to perform effectively in challenging drilling conditions.

    • They are constructed with durable components to withstand factors like dust, vibration, and extreme temperatures commonly encountered during drilling operations.

  3. Performance Capabilities:

    • High Pressure: These compressors are capable of generating exceptionally high air pressures, often exceeding 500 to 2,500 pounds per square inch (psi) or more, depending on the drilling needs.

    • High Volume: They can also produce a substantial volume of compressed air to ensure efficient drilling and the removal of cuttings from the borehole.

  4. Specialised Applications:

    • Air compressors for conventional air drilling find their place in specialised drilling applications where the unique advantages of air drilling are required for successful outcomes.

    • They play a crucial role in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of air drilling operations, especially in geological and geotechnical scenarios where alternative drilling methods may be less suitable.

Basic Cost Analysis Snapshot

All USD figures below are current as of the Sunday the 8th of October 2023 and do not include applicable GST in the country of Australia.

Example 1

Purchase of a Sullair 425HH High Pressure Compressor

  • Purchase cost: $41,176.80

  • Registration cost: $478.80

  • Freight: $1,404.48

  • Miscellaneous (hoses, couplers, whip checks): $743.02

  • Net Purchase Cost: $43,803.10

Current competitive market quotations for hire

  • Unit Hire Per Week: $1,117.20

  • Damage Waiver 12.5% of Hire Charge: $139.65

  • Environmental Levy 1% of Hire Charge: $11.70

  • Net Weekly Hire: $1,268.02

  • Net Hired on Low End Target Forty (40) Weeks: $50,720.28

Example 2

Purchase of a Sullair 750CFM High Pressure Compressor

  • Purchase cost: $57,466.00

  • Registration cost: $478.80

  • Freight: $1,404.48

  • Miscellaneous (hoses, couplers, whip checks): $743.02

  • Net Purchase Cost: $60,092.30

Current competitive market quotations for hire

  • Unit Hire Per Week: $2,002.60

  • Damage Waiver 12.5% of Hire Charge: $159.81

  • Environmental Levy 1% of Hire Charge: $12.79

  • Net Weekly Hire: $2,175.20

  • Net Hired on Low End Target Forty (40) Weeks: $58,042.08

Purchase of the air compressor from a registered dealer includes:

  • All equipment will be warranted for a period of 12 months from date of commissioning or 18 months from shipment whichever ends earlier.

  • Eight (8) customer care centers across Australia with sales, services and party support.

  • Regional and remote support via authorized dealers.

  • Factory trained service technicians operating nationally with fully equipped service vehicles with parts, tooling and diagnostics capabilities.

  • Installation and commissioning services.

  • Scheduled maintenance services.

  • National 24/7 breakdown coverage.

  • Air end replacement/rebuild services.

  • Technical support and training.

Other costs not factored into the snapshot to be further expanded upon in developing a rental contract all billed as extra overs:

  • Replacement diesel fuel upon return not matching a full tank at 150% to current market diesel.

  • Cleaning and repairs upon return not matching the condition of the air compressor at the commencement of hire.

  • Consumable charges for lubricants, filters and maintenance supplies.

  • Insurance coverage costs where the hirer does not have their own Industrial Special Risks Insurance certificate of currency billed additionally.

  • Penalties and Late Fees.

  • Excessive use hours charge in a standard working week.

  • Administration costs.

  • Depreciated value and resale of the air compressor.

  • Applicable taxes, such as sales tax or rental tax.

What is the Anticipated Lifespan Beneath the Waves?

Compressed air reservoirs are subject to safety regulations which require an inspection every five (5) years by an approved inspection body.

Most high pressure air compressors when regularly maintained and serviced have a working life of ten (10) years!

Where the initial purchases will have a likely return on investment in the first sixteen (16) months.

However as the project owns these machines outright from the commencement, revenue streams will be immediately available for the project DAO to navigate and sail in a direction of their choosing.

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Which Way to the Coral?

Exploring the expansion of a external plant hire company into direct subcontracting ventures presents promising avenues for sustained growth and increased market opportunities by pairing the initially purchased air compressors with the following specialised construction plant.

  1. Rotary Drilling Rigs:

    • Rotary Bored Piling Rigs: These rigs are used for drilling boreholes in the ground by rotating a drilling tool. They are often used in foundation construction, such as for building deep piles or shafts.

    • Micro Drilling Rigs: These rigs extend include limited access rigs (compact), fully articulated multipurpose rigs, vertical multipurpose rigs, long reach multipurpose rigs and a slew of drilling attachments. Including both rotary air drilling and stabilised drilling through the introduction of muds. They are often used in foundation construction, slope stabilisation, micro piling and more.

    • CFA (Continuous Flight Auger) Rigs: CFA rigs use a continuous flight auger to drill into the ground, typically used for creating concrete piles. They are known for their efficiency and minimal soil displacement.

  2. Piling Rigs:

    • Crawler Cranes with Piling Attachments: These versatile machines are equipped with piling attachments, making them suitable for driving various types of piles, including sheet piles, bored piers, secant piles and H-piles.

    • Vibroflotation Equipment: Vibroflotation equipment is used to densify granular soils and improve their load-bearing capacity. It's often employed in ground improvement projects.

  3. Line Pumps:

    • Concrete Line Pumps: These machines are used for pumping concrete through a pipeline to the desired location on a construction site. They are commonly used in concrete placement for buildings, bridges, and more.

    • Mudjacking Pumps: Mudjacking pumps are used to raise and level concrete slabs by injecting a mixture of soil, water, and cement beneath the settled concrete.

These specialised construction plant play crucial roles in various construction projects, ranging from foundation and piling/anchoring work to concrete placement and soil improvement. They are essential plant for ensuring the successful completion of infrastructure and building projects, particularly those involving deep foundations, excavation, and concrete construction.

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