Hands-on approach gives Blu Rock a flying start

2008 Mar 19

A recent addition to the ranks of Zambian drilling firms is Blu Rock Mining Services. Business is booming for the company that was formed in March 2007, offering advanced drilling equipment for carefully monitored geotechnical and exploration projects.

Although a new business, Blu Rock Mining, based in Kitwe, is not short of experience. The founder, Polish-born Kris Jedrzejczyk, has worked in Zambia’s mining sector for 27 years, mostly in drilling and shaft sinking. For 22 years prior to starting Blu Rock, Jedrzejczyk worked for Mpelembe Drilling and was a member of the management buy-out team that took over the operation from Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) in 1997.

“On contract drilling jobs, I adopted a hands-on approach,” he says, “taking responsibility for project planning, contract proposal writing and negotiations with clients at all the main Zambian mines and monitoring the execution of the projects.” Consequently he got to know most of the country’s senior mining executives, engineers and experienced drill operators, earning their respect and trust.

Epiroc operated under the trademark “Atlas Copco” prior to January 1, 2018.