Webinar: MCS Drilling Specification launch

MCS x GSHPA x BDA webinar: Launch of the new MCS Drilling Specification

Friday 25 February 2022, 12.30pm – duration: 45 minutes


Over the course of 2021, MCS worked with the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA) Drillers Action Group to create formal criteria for the drilling of boreholes, associated with the installation of ground source heat pumps.

As a result, MCS will soon launch the Specification for Ground Source Closed-Loop Drilling.

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS is hosting a free webinar for installers and drillers in conjunction with the GSHPA and British Drilling Association (BDA) to introduce the new specification.

He will be accompanied by a panel, including Andrea Ellison, a director of the GSHPA; Richard Fielden, chair of the BDA; and Chris Davidson, chairman and technical director of Genius Energy Lab.

The event will be an opportunity to run through the new specification in detail and answer any questions you may have. It is taking place on Friday 25 February 2022, 12.30pm.

Book your free spot here.

About the new MCS Drilling Specification

This new specification is intended to cover that part of the installation of a Ground Source Heat Pump that does not currently attract specific MCS requirements, against which a driller’s performance can be assessed. It sets the quality criteria for borehole drillers and their drilling activities and addresses the following:

  • A definition of a driller’s competency and associated qualifications.
  • The contractual arrangements that are expected to be in place between driller and installer (MCS contractor).
  • A series of pre-drilling requirements, including the provision of site surveys, permissions, and a method statement in advance of the drilling activity.
  • A series of requirements relating to the drilling activity itself, including the equipment and materials to be used, and the disposal of waste once the drilling activity is complete.
  • Requirements for the handover and commissioning of boreholes, ready for the installation of the Ground Source Heat Pump by the MCS installer (MCS contractor).

An initial consultation on the new specification took place in early 2021.

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