And so it begins…

Aerial survey of coastal area to take place next week

An easily recognisable fixed wing aircraft is set to fly over Limavady, Coleraine, Moyle and Ballymoney  during week commencing 20th February 2012 collecting data on underground rocks and minerals.

The airborne survey managed by Rathlin Energy Limited, will be collecting scientific data across the north coast area – from Limavady to Moyle – during two days of flying.

It is hoped that the information gathered will help provide understanding of natural resources and inform potential commercial investment plans in the North West.

Weather permitting, the twin engine survey aircraft will take off from Enniskillen Airport and fly in straight parallel lines across the region using specialist instruments to collect data on the gravity and magnetic properties of the earth.

The instrument is entirely passive, it emits no signals and there are no harmful gases or liquids contained within.

Tom Selkirk, from Rathlin Energy Limited said:

“This project is part of Rathlin’s ongoing exploration effort and is designed to help us develop a better understanding of the structure of the onshore portion of the Rathlin Basin. The data will be integrated with other existing datasets, including the TELLUS aeromag data to help increase our level of confidence in our subsurface mapping.

“Our expert pilots, flying with approval and authorisation from the Civil Aviation Authority, will be at an approximate height of 80 metres over rural countryside and at 100 metres across urban areas – that’s six times higher than a two storey house.

“Rathlin Energy is engaging with interested parties, including farming and business communities, to inform them of the project’s developments.”

An extensive awareness-raising campaign involving schools, farming and equine organisations and other relevant parties is currently underway.

The aircraft being used in the survey is a white twin-engine Douglas DC-3 with a distinctive blue stripe and will fly:

  • in daylight hours
  • mostly in an east and west line orientation
  • along lines spaced 500m apart at a speed of approximately 130mph, with a noise similar to that of a passing lorry
  • over some border areas in Donegal

Anyone requiring further detail about the project can contact the Rathlin Energy hotline on 028 9034 7319.

For media enquiries please contact Stephen McGrath at Weber Shandwick on 028 9034 7300 / 079 8947 5561


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