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Company presentation

LKAB Wassara are developing, manufacturing and selling unique water-powered drilling systems for high performance in surface- as well as underground drilling operations.

The company has about 50 employees and has operations in Stockholm, Malmberget and Kiruna, Sweden. All sales are made through local distributors from all around the world.

LKAB Wassara AB was founded 1988 and is 100% owned by the Swedish mining company LKAB, situated in Kiruna.

Head office - LKAB in Kiruna, SwedenThe owner

LKAB is a high-tech international minerals group, world leading producer of processed iron ore products for steelmaking, and a growing supplier of mineral products for other industrial sectors. Main markets include Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. LKAB employs just over 4,200 people. (www.lkab.com)


The Wassara hammer and it parts

The Technology

The heart of the Wassara drilling system is the world patented water powered down-the-hole (DTH) hammer.

Wassaras water-powered DTH hammer is the most environmentally friendly percussion drilling method existing today. The DTH hammer is powered by water. No oil is used for lubrication, meaning no contamination of air or water. The water is effectively suppressing dust as well.

The incompressibility of water is a key factor allowing the features of the Wassara hammer system. It also gives a major energy cost saving compared to air DTH technology, and reduces the energy demand to power the hammer.

The use of water for transmitting the power to the hammer brings numerous key benefits:

Long straight, clean and stable holes

High drilling performance

Safe and benign drilling

Environmentally friendly drilling

Cost effective drilling

Drilling in sensitive area - Stockholm cityThe Applications

The drilling systems have been used for more than 30 years in various applications within many industries:

Ground engineering (including Maritime, Dams and Geo energy)

Tunneling (including Anchor drilling, Cut-of walls, Ground reinforcement, Forepoling  and Survey, grout and drainage holes)

Mining (including Mineral exploration)

Our experience covers more than 25 million drilled meters working in different applications and locations around the world.


Illustration over the Wassara systemThe Wassara Drilling System

Wassara drilling systems consists of several products. Read more about them here:

DTH hammers

Drill bits

Drill rods

Check valves



Pump units

Water sedimentation unit

Jet-grouting system

Drilling optimization (OWD)

Wassara's production site, SwedenClear Clean Quality

Effective product development, precision in manufacturing and strict quality control characterizes the daily work at Wassara AB. We work closely with you, which guarantees constant, excellent service and support. In addition, we are always cautious about our impact on nature, safeguarding a conscientious, long-term environmental perspective. In other words, clear, clean quality.

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