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9 MARCH 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource® Multiconsult Introduces Hybrid Rig The first hybrid drilling rig for geotechnical surveys in Norway is ready for its first assignment for Multiconsult. The GM 100 GT Hybrid sets a new standard for construction equipment, producing virtually zero emissions. “This is the closest thing to a green geotechnical drilling rig that exists, and we are looking forward to starting to use it. As far as we know, there are currently no equivalent hybrid drilling rigs operating in Norway, or elsewhere in the world. It’s really exciting to be the first company to introduce an innovative rig like this,” said Vidar Baafjord, who heads Multiconsult’s geo-technical survey section. The GM 100 GT Hybrid can be used for most kinds of soil sampling and soil penetration tests. When starting operations, the rig runs on electricity via on-site temporary power supply. When there is no electric supply available, the motor is powered by a biofuel diesel, which reduces emissions 70-90% compared to fossil fuel diesel. Additionally, the rig will produce much less engine noise when running on electricity. Multiconsult set the specification for the new hybrid rig, which was supplied by Finnish company Geomachine OY through its service partner PTO Teknikk AS. “Our ambition is to put our industry on a more sustainable course. That includes challenging our suppliers to develop and offer sustainable solutions. The new hybrid rig is very much in line with that ambition, and we are very proud to be the first company to introduce this innovation,” said Therese Bodding Sæthre, who heads Multiconsult’s geo, water, and environment business unit. For a link to this website, visit this page at: