Quest Exploration Drilling (QED) is the new name for the formerly know “UPD Group of Companies” and currently conducts operations in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Indonesia and provides Professional Performance with Consistent Production to the mineral exploration industry throughout the Southern Asia and Pacific region.
Modern equipment with well trained staff has elevated QED to become the bench mark for international standard drilling operations in terrain that is generally typified by logistical constraints, geological complexity, and topographical extremes.
Often working in areas of environmental sensitivity or with conflicting social pressures, QED is skilled in respecting the views of stakeholders whilst ensuring programmes are timely and responsibly completed.
This experience can be translated to other Countries within the region and QED is actively seeking additional growth opportunities.
Mineral exploration drilling is our speciality. Generally speaking diamond core drilling is the method of choice based on logistical considerations with reverse circulation drilling undertaken in areas that allow access for larger machinery.
Our work is generally associated with drilling epithermal deposits situated in the "Pacific Rim of Fire". From the Solomons through Papua New Guinea, then into Indonesia and on to the Philippines, these deposits are generally found in inhospitable terrain hosted in third world economies, where poor logistics and social sensitivities are the norm.
The range of diamond drills used in mineral drilling is also conducive to geotechnical drilling programmes. Considerable experience in this field has been gained from projects such as Ok Tedi and Porgera in Papua New Guinea. The QED management team has been associated with Clients such as Snowy Mountains Engineering Company, PNG Electricity Commission, Golders and Coffee's to name a few, and has a strong understanding of geotechnical requirements.