Search for oil and gas deposits gets under way

The specially built trucks carry out the seismic survey   INNT 39-422-RM

The specially built trucks carry out the seismic survey INNT 39-422-RM

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A MAJOR geophysical survey is under way across the borough in the search for oil and gas deposits.

Tesla IMC, contracted by Petroleum Exploration Licence holders InfraStrata, began the “seismic survey” last week.

Covering Lough Neagh in the west to Larne Lough in the east, and from Newtownabbey in the south as far north as Larne, the survey of the ‘Larne - Lough Neagh Basin’ will involve 275 linear kilometres of data acquisition.

The geological investigation, which is expected to take five or six weeks to complete, is being carried out by a convoy of large, slow moving vehicles covering around 4km per day.

The high-tech probe uses special sound wave technology to search for hydrocarbons - potential sources of oil and gas.

The ‘seismic routes’ will cover several major roads across the borough, travelling through Ballycraigy, Doagh, Ballyclare, Burnside and other areas.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...