Washington’s Exploration was an offshoot of Washington Drilling when Steve Pilcher partnered with Bill in running the company.
The company has grown from one rig to twenty since 1962. Washingtons Exploration projects include coalbed methane production, RC gold and coal sampling, geothermal, diamond coring, horizontal and incline drainage, geotech and site investigation as well as hire of drill rigs, air compressors, Boosters, pumps and support vehicles.
Bill is a life member and one of the founders of the New Zealand Drilling Federation and served as president for many years. Bill is still active in the industry but has stepped back from the day to day running of the company.
Steve has 10 years oilfield experience as well as coring, water bores, reverse circulation and site investigation. He holds a current BOP ticket and is a member of New Zealand Drilling Federation Council. Steve currently runs the company.
Shane is the Manager of Washington’s Exploration Ltd since 2009 and has been in the contracting industry since 1994 and administrates contract, project management, logistics, quality, and health and safety as well as running water bores and associated drilling.
Health and Safety
Washingtons Exploration Ltd considers the occupational health and safety of its employees to be of primary importance, it believes that the creation of a responsible health and safety culture in all its operations is integral to long-term success.
Washingtons International was recently awarded an Exxon Mobil safety award in recognition of 1000 days LTI free at Hides PNG.
We currently have 5 staff who have attained New Zealand Certificate in Drilling (Non-hydrocarbon) Level 4 with other staff progressing through to completion in the near future.
One of the cornerstones of Washington’s success is the highly competent personnel with a strong sense of responsibility. Thanks to the modern drilling equipment and the high morale of the employees, our crew achieves excellent drilling results.