Empire Oil and Gas (ASX: EGO) has started its 80 square kilometre Wannamal 3D Heliseismic Survey after receiving approvals from the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum yesterday.
The survey in Exploration Permit EP 389, onshore Perth Basin, is designed to provide explicit high definition information of the subsurface geology of the Gingin Gasfield Area and the structures mapped there to date.
The survey is being carried out by Webster Drilling, which has a team of 15 carrying out the work.
A tractor mounted rig, 12 seismic heli drilling rigs and two Squirrel B2 helicopters that are capable of lifting one tonne are involved in carrying out the work.
A seismic drilling camp has been constructed for the Terrex Seismic recording crew, Webster Drilling crew, Helispec's two helicopter pilots and mechanics, together with Empire's field personnel and a botanist.
The Heliseismic 3D survey will consist of drilling 1642 shotholes loaded with explosives, together with 6404 receiver points using state of the art cableless geophones, called Zland Single Sensor Nodal System.
The survey is expected to take 50 days.
Processing of the data sets will follow and map prospects in the Gingin Gas Field Area to provide drilling locations where prospects identified to date have the estimated potential to discover an additional recoverable gas resource estimated up to 200 billion cubic feet of gas and 10 million barrels of condensate.
New discoveries drilled in prospects defined by this survey can be treated at the Red Gully Processing Facility, which is in the final stages of construction.
The facility, the first dedicated gas and condensate treatment plant built in the Perth Basin, will initially produce gas and condensate from the Red Gully-1 and Gingin West-1 wells.
The Heliseismic method has been adopted by Empire to reduce the environmental "footprint" on the land whilst providing excellent seismic recording parameters and exceptional data quality.
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