Empire Oil and Gas (ASX: EGO) has almost completed shothole drilling using heliportable seismic drilling rigs for its Wannamal 3D Heliseismic Survey within EP389 in the Perth Basin, Western Australia.
This will be followed by the recording of seismic using specialised equipment. Empire is the first company in Austalia to use the state of the art cableless geophones called Zland Sensor Nodal System. Over 6000 will be used to carry out the recording of the Wannamal 3D Seismic Survey.
Helicopters will transfer the recording equipment (nodes) in bags of 18 units spaced east to west with 50 metres between each node and 250 metres between source and receiver lines with specialised geophysical crews.
Personnel will walk between bags and carry individual nodes to their designated destination where they will bury them to a depth of 150 millimetres. Only the top of the nodes will be visible.
It is expected that four teams of four will work on four lines enabling one team per line. This should take about three days to lay out the 3D seismic grid.
Shot firing teams will take up to six days to detonate all the shots. This is expected to be carried out by 3 June, 2013.
A sophisticated computer recording unit is stationed in the field to record and view the seismic data as the shot holes are fired. Following this, equipment will be recovered and repacked.
Wannamal 3D Heliseismic is the first of its size to be recorded in the Perth Basin and is designed to delineate the Gingin 4 Deep, Gingin 5 Downthrown and Wannamal and Wannamal Deep drilling prospects along or near to the Gingin Gas Field Area.
This type of Heliseismic Survey has been designed to have a small "footprint" on both landowners' property and the Boonanarring Reserve, an objective that has been achieved.
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