Company completes petroleum exploration survey

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THE company behind the search for oil and gas deposits across Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus and Larne has completed its second seismic survey of the area.

Tesla Exploration International Limited, working on behalf of petroleum exploration company InfraStrata plc, completed the ‘Vibroseis seismic programme’ over the past three weeks.

A total of 111 kilometres of 2D seismic data was acquired along a series of 12 individual lines traversing the three boroughs, within an area known as ‘the Larne-Lough Neagh Sedimentary Basin’. The latest geophysical investigation provided in-fill data to the 288 kilometres of survey results acquired by the company during 2011.

It is anticipated that the processing of the data will be completed during September.

“The new survey will enable the project partners to refine their evaluation of the petroleum prospectivity of the licence area,” explained Andrew Hindle, CEO of InfraStrata plc. “We are very pleased that this recent survey was completed by Tesla within the anticipated timeframe. Tesla and InfraStrata are extremely grateful to all third parties affected by the seismic programme for their support throughout the data collection period.”

Mr Hindle, who previously gave an assurance that there are no plans to use the controversial process of ‘fracking’ to access oil and gas deposits in the east Antrim area, added: “The company will now review the data with project partners, and stakeholders will be fully consulted on future plans.”