China's domestic super drilling rig completes first mission
2018-06-06 10:47 | Xinhua

  

  A worker conducts machinery check on the Crust 1 land-based drilling rig system in the Songliao Basin in northeast China, June 1, 2018.

  Crust 1, a land-based drilling rig, concluded its first mission on Saturday, putting China among the frontrunners in onshore drilling, along with Germany and Russia.

  

  The Crust 1 land-based drilling rig system is seen at night in the Songliao Basin in northeast China, June 1, 2018.

  The four-year mission Songke 2, drilled a 7,018-meter borehole -- the first in the world to pass through the continental stratum of the Cretaceous period -- in the Songliao Basin in northeast China.

  

  This aerial photo taken on June 2, 2018 shows the Crust 1 land-based drilling rig system during a mission in the Songliao Basin in northeast China.

  Jointly developed by Jilin University and Sichuan-based Honghua Group, Crust 1 can dig as deep as 10,000 meters and is China's most advanced land-based drilling rig.

  Plans are afoot to increase its drilling capability to up to 15,000 meters, according to Professor Sun Youhong, director of the Crust 1 project.

  

  A worker makes preparations to operate the Crust 1 land-based drilling rig system in the Songliao Basin in northeast China, June 1, 2018.

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