GA Drilling

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GA Drilling (former Geothermal Anywhere) is a high technology company headquartered in Bratislava (Slovakia) with branches in Bristol and Aberdeen (UK) and Abu Dhabi (UAE). The company was founded in 1994 and rebranded as GA Drilling in August 2013.[1] GA Drilling is developing and commercializing PLASMABIT technology platform which provides drilling and milling tool for challenging the most comprehensive industry issues. PLASMABIT is based on high-energy electric plasma enabling to operate at a constant speed with no need for changing tool. PLASMABIT applications are primarily addressed to oil and gas, geothermal energy and mining industries. Technology development is assisted by companies operating in oil and gas business. Main actors are identified as O&G Operators, Oilfield Service Providers, Energy Utilities and companies providing decommissioning of oil and gas structures. GA Drilling is also active within drilling community through participation at several industry events.[2]

GA Drilling
IndustryCutting and Milling tools, Drilling systems
FounderIgor Kocis (CEO), Tomas Kristofic (CTO), Ivan Kocis (Chief Scientist), Dusan Kocis (COO)
HeadquartersVapenka 4, 841 07 Bratislava, Slovakia / Bristol, UK / Aberdeen, UK/ Abu Dhabi, UAE


GA Drilling is applying for grants from public sources in order to create complementary environment for solving industrial challenges. Company is active in Horizon 2020, Framework Programme 7 (FP7) Integrated projects, Cross-border, National projects and Structural funds of the European Union.[3]

Patent portfolioEdit

PLASMABIT Drilling, suitable mainly in a hard rock environment

GA Drilling owns 16 intellectual property rights (IPR‘s) for technologies in the deep drilling and material disintegration in distinct patent zones (Patents were issued by US Patent and Trademark Office, European Patent Office, Intellectual Property Office of Slovak Republic)[4]

Partner networkEdit

R&D networkEdit

GA Drilling has created or is a co-founder of the network of technology organizations in European Union, mainly in the Central European region.[5] Its partner network consists of Slovak (Slovak University of Technology, University of Zilina, Comenius University, institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences) and European organisations (Weatherford UK Ltd,[6] Imerys,[7] EGS Energy[8], Altus Intervention UK[9]). GA Drilling is also a member of European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (ETP-RHC), Decom North Sea (DNS), as well as European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP-SMR).

PLASMABIT Joint Industry ProjectEdit

PLASMABIT Milling – designed for decommissioning of oil and gas structures

For O&G industry partners, GA Drilling have created an platform – PLASMABIT Joint Industry Project, in order to share acquired knowledge and technology in mutual partnership. PLASMABIT JIP´s goal is the development of the core technology focused on steel milling and hard rock drilling with enhanced ROP.

Agreement with Schoeller-BleckmannEdit

In July 2013, GA Drilling announced that it has concluded a technology development and strategic investment agreement with Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment, the global market leader for high-precision components for the oil service industry. The partnership is focused on development of PLASMABIT technology and to meet major challenges of the drilling industry.[10] This partnership ensures component supplies manufactured by SBO and allows GA Drilling to further develop its patented PLASMABIT technology. Investment supports the completion of 3rd generation of plasma disintegration device and test-rig construction for drilling at deeper depths.

GA Drilling Technology CenterEdit

Drilling rig of GA Drilling for PLASMABIT technology testing

On 11 October 2012 GA Drilling established GA Drilling Technology Center in Bratislava, Slovakia.[11] The previous laboratory - Research Centre for Deep Drilling - was established On November 10, 2010 by Geothermal Anywhere in the premises of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

Certifications and AccreditationsEdit



  • PLASMABIT milling sustained a statement of feasibility by DNV GL certification authority[15]
  • PLASMABIT technology successfully went through an independent assessment by the Inspection Verification Bureau (IVB) certification authority.
  • The company successfully sustained requirements of EN ISO 9001:2015 and confirmed that the quality of our services and processes is continuously improving.
  • GA Drilling got the accreditation of the EN ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system.

Awards and honoursEdit

  • PLASMABIT at the Summer Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016

Our technology was an integral part of permanent exhibition of the Slovak Olympic House in Rio de Janeiro 2016 as one of the flagships of hi-tech innovations with global potential.[16]

  • GA Drilling among the top tech innovative Slovak companies in Brussels in 2016

Slovak Presidency in the Council of European Union unveiled the visual presentation of 4 country’s technology inventions in the Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, GA Drilling's PLASMABIT included.[17]

  • UKTI Award for Innovation, EBA 2014/15

National Champion in the United Kingdom Trade & Investment Award for Innovation, European Business Awards 2014/15.[18]

  • Top 8 Cleantech, EVC 2012

Top 8 Cleantech companies at the European Venture Contest 2012 [19]

  • Special Price, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovakia

Prize for outstanding presentation of the results of research in 2012 by Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovakia, Dusan Caplovic.[20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Geothermal Anywhere announces rebranding to GA Drilling . May 10, 2013. Retrieved on November 22, 2013
  2. ^ GA Drilling exhibits at IADC World Drilling 2014 Conference & Exhibition in Vienna, Austria. GA Drilling website. June 23, 2014. Retrieved on July 14, 2014
  3. ^ Drilling technology firm Geothermal Anywhere receives US$3.7m EU funding. Thinkgeoenergy. February 11, 2010. Retrieved on May 5, 2010
  4. ^ Multimodal rock disintegration by thermal effect and system for performing the method. Google Patents. June 26, 2014. Retrieved on June 26, 2014
  5. ^ CASE: Geothermal Anywhere on official visit in Australia. December 7, 2010. Retrieved on May 5, 2010
  6. ^ SMEs to help oil and gas sector to innovate. Innovate UK. October 11, 2012. Retrieved on July 14, 2014
  7. ^ Members. Stoicism FP7 project. March 1, 2013. Retrieved on July 14, 2014
  8. ^ UK: Egs Energy Forms Alliance With Slovakian Drilling Technology Pioneers. Thinkgeoenergy. October 29, 2010. Retrieved on May 5, 2010
  9. ^ Building our Service Alliance for Plug and Abandonment in the North Sea.
  10. ^ GA Drilling Announces Technology Development and Strategic Investment Agreement with Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment AG. July 29, 2013. Retrieved on November 22, 2013
  11. ^ Pýtame sa: Tomáš Krištofič: Centrum pre hĺbkové vrty je výrazným posunom vpred. October 15, 2012. Retrieved on December 29, 2012.
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  15. ^ DNV GL Proved That GA Drilling’s Milling System is Feasible.
  16. ^ PLASMABIT at Slovak Olympic House RIO 2016.
  17. ^ GA Drilling at visual presentation along Slovak Presidency.
  18. ^ GA Drilling named national champion in the European Business Awards (EBA) 2014/15
  19. ^ EVC 2012 - Top 25. European Venture Contest. December 10, 2012. Retrieved on October 15, 2014
  20. ^ Special prize for GA Drilling (former Geothermal Anywhere). GA November 25, 2012. Retrieved on October 15, 2014

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