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Longest continuous seismic survey completed in WA

The longest single continuous onshore seismic line in Western Australia has been completed.

Running 872 kilometres from Kiwirrkurra to Marble Bar in the Pilbara region, the survey of the Kidson Sub-basin involved 40-crew members, a convoy of seismic vibrator trucks and associated back-up vehicles.

It took 52 days.

Vibroseis exploration involves buggy mounted vehicles capable of injecting low-frequency vibrations below ground.

Conducted by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Geological Survey of WA (GSWA) and Geoscience Australia, the $4.7 million survey was launched to identify geological structures of the region and boost resource exploration investment in Western Australia.

Geoscience Australia plans on releasing the results from the survey at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association’s annual Oil and Gas conference in Brisbane, May 2019.

“I’d like to congratulate the team for successfully running this complex project and breaking an Australian record, recording a seismic line up to 50 kilometres deep is quite an achievement,” said Francis Logan Acting Mines and Petroleum Minister.

“The survey will deepen the geological understanding of the region, and encourage exploration investment and the creation of jobs for Western Australians, which is the McGowan Government’s number one priority.”

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