Directional Drilling Services

Our team has numerous years of experience involved in directional drilling with over 1000 HDD (Horizontal Directional Drilling) crossings, both domestic and international.

Horizontal Directional Drilling

ECI Drilling International, LLC was founded with the purpose of providing clients an alternative to conventional methods of placing product lines under streams, rivers, lakes, marshes, wetlands, beaches, estuaries, highways, railways, runways, sand dunes, protected habitats, and other sensitive areas.

Our team has numerous years of experience involved in providing directional drilling services with over 1000 HDD (Horizontal Directional Drilling) crossings, both domestic and international. HDD projects include drilling in all types of rock and alluvial soils; placement of power and communication conduits; single duct for fiber optics including multiple ducts for copper and fiber cables; and product pipe installations.

Our strength lies in our ability to integrate and apply ongoing, high quality, state-of-the-art drilling technology.

  • Reduced disruption of the community
  • Reduced liability for personal injury and property damage
  • Increased service life and asset value for the utility owner
  • Increased worker safety
  • Reduced restoration costs
  • Precise installation



Numerous river crossings have been performed installing utilities under environmentally sensitive waterways. All types of utility pipelines, electric power and telecommunications conduits can be installed in all types of subsurface ground conditions.


Our shore approach technique features drilling from land out to sea. This is now oftentimes used to install conduit designed to receive ocean utility cables. ECI is an industry leader in this underground construction technique.


Rock drilling poses many challenges for HDD. ECI has succeeded drilling through rock formations containing extreme rock hardness. ECI utilizes specialized mud motors and additional rock tooling to install a wide variety of utility pipelines and conduit.


Tight radius lateral turns are possible using sophisticated horizontal directional drilling techniques. Our design and drilling can encompass compound radii In these situations.


Our sensitive wetland areas are preserved and protected using HDD. We accomplished a distance world record for our directional drilling under wildlife preserve and wetland areas.



Push/Pull Capacity

Practical Length Capacity

HRE 1100 1,100,000 lb. Max Drill Lengths 8,000’  +
Max OD 48” + Pipe
HRE 500 500,000 lb. of pullback Max Drill Lengths 8,000’ +
Max OD 48” + Pipe
American Augers DD-330 330,000 lb. Max Drill Lengths 5,600’
Max OD 42” Pipe
American Augers DD-240T Rig 240,000 lb. of pullback Max Drill Lengths 4,400’
Max OD 36” Pipe
American Augers DD-210 210,000 lb. Max Drill Lengths 4,400’
Max OD 36” Pipe
Vermeer 100×140 100,000 lb. Max Drill Lengths 2,500’
Max OD 24” Pipe


We are committed to achieving an accident free workplace. Proactive involvement, personal responsibility, personal accountability, and continuous individual improvement are expected of all employees, subcontractors, vendors and clients. Safety is of utmost importance in the planning of all directional drilling services, and every one of our employees embrace his/her role in successfully implementing our Safety Program.

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