VLI Drilling is the leading provider of directional drilling services in the coalfields of the world.

We lead, others follow!

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Commencing operations in the Hunter Valley in 1996, we are the longest established, and with that, the most experienced, of all companies providing underground directional drilling services.


VLI Drilling is a part of the VLI Group of Companies, that also incorporates VLI Diesel and VLI Conveyors. We are now part of the global entity of Taiyuan Heavy Machinery Group.


Within Australia, VLI Drilling currently has a fleet of 13 drill rigs, all designed and manufactured in-house. To accompany each rig, we utilise only the latest fit for purpose ancillary equipment, and dedicated trained and experienced personnel. The VLI international footprint also gives us access to additional resources and expertise if required.


Our services cover the complete spectrum of directional drilling – inseam, cross measure, and highwall projects all contribute to our portfolio of experience. In Australia, we have successfully undertaken projects from Northern Queensland down to Tasmania.


VLI Drilling does not simply provide drilling services, we work with our customers to provide the complete solution. From ascertaining the objectives of a drilling project, to determining and executing the best approach to achieve those objectives, and finally, reporting on the outcomes of the program.


The foundation of our business is the expertise, dedication and experience of our employees – both those ‘behind the scenes’ and those at the ‘coal face’. This is what represents the VLI advantage to our clients.



VLI is absolutely committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all personnel involved in VLI Drilling's activities.

Our approach is based on incorporating risk management principles into our operations and ensuring full compliance with all legislative and client requirements.

VLI operates under a ISO45001:2018 certified WHS management system that provides our clients with the confidence that safety is a core value of our business activities.

In addition to this, our Quality Management System is also certified to ISO9001:2015.

In regards to our safety performance, VLI Drilling are proud to state that we are currently 1350 days LTI free  (as at 31st October 2021). An achievement the entire team are extremely proud of.

We also recognise our responsibility to ensure that we minimise our impact on the environment by ensuring our business activities are undertaken in accordance with best practice environmental management standards and comply with all relevant environmental legislative requirements.

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