Search for oil and gas deposits continues

The seismic survey trucks make their way along the Carntall Road.
The seismic survey trucks make their way along the Carntall Road.

ANOTHER geophysical survey is to be carried out in parts of the borough next month as the search for oil and gas deposits continues.

Independent gas storage and petroleum exploration company, InfraStrata plc, is to undertake a second, smaller seismic study across parts of Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus and Larne during June.

The low-impact survey, which will comprise acquisition of data along 105 line-kilometres over a period of approximately three weeks, will be carried out by Tesla Exploration International Limited.

Last autumn, InfraStrata surveyed 288 line-kilometres within its Petroleum Licence area, which covers land between the eastern edge of Lough Neagh in the west to Islandmagee in the east.

The company used a convoy of specialist vehicles to carry out its study along roads in Newtownabbey, Antrim, Carrick and Larne - an area known as the ‘Central Larne - Lough Neagh Basin’. The high-tech probe used special sound wave technology to search for hydrocarbons - potential sources of oil and gas.

Speaking about the second survey, Dr Andrew Hindle, Chief Executive Officer of InfraStrata, said the study represents a further opportunity to acquire unique information about the deep underground geology of the area.

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