Company completes search for oil and gas deposits

Dr Andrew Hindle, Chief Executive Officer of InfraStrata (centre), and Craig Gouws, InfraStrata's Chief Financial Officer (left), pictured with the survey management team in Parkgate during the recent seismic acquisition project. INNT45-503CON
Dr Andrew Hindle, Chief Executive Officer of InfraStrata (centre), and Craig Gouws, InfraStrata's Chief Financial Officer (left), pictured with the survey management team in Parkgate during the recent seismic acquisition project. INNT45-503CON

THE company behind a major geophysical survey on public roads and private land across Newtownabbey has confirmed that its data collection work is now complete.

Tesla-IMC, contracted by independent gas storage and petroleum exploration company InfraStrata, began the eight-week ‘Vibroseis seismic programme’ in late September. Since then, a team of experts from Tesla-IMC have been travelling around the borough and beyond in a convoy of large, slow moving vehicles using special sound wave technology to search for hydrocarbons - potential sources of oil and gas deep below the ground.

A total of 275 kilometres of seismic data has been acquired along a series of 13 individual lines traversing Antrim, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus and parts of Larne and Ballymena in an area known as the ‘Central Larne - Lough Neagh Basin’.

This week, the Chief Executive Officer of InfraStrata plc confirmed that data acquisition work is now complete.

“We are delighted with how this important seismic study has gone and that it has been completed by Tesla-IMC within the anticipated eight-week timeframe despite some very wet weather,” said Dr Andrew Hindle.

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