Desert Mountain Energy has received drill permits for the initial two holes in its planned helium exploration programme in Arizona’s Holbrook Basin.

Granted by the Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, the permits will allow the company to drill two initial holes situation in the Eastern portion of the basin approximately 35 miles from the Pinta Dome, Navajo Springs and E. Navajo Springs gas fields.

The two holes are planned to be simple, vertical gas wells drilled to a maximum depth of 2790 ft, and will test a total of five possible pay zones which the company believes are highly prospective and range in depth from 1020 ft. to 2690 ft.

“We are very pleased with the commission’s decision to greenlight the company’s drill and permits at this time,” said Robert Rohlfing, Desert Mountain Energy’s Head of Exploration and Technical Operations.

“We are very careful in our initial targeting decisions to choose areas that provide for the least environmental impact at the surface together with the optimal locations downhole for successful commercial helium production without the need for fracking.”

Targets for the company’s upcoming programme were developed over the past eighteen months as a result of comprehensive studies of historic geologic reports and drill log data, field studies and mapping, a 2D seismic study and most recently, an advance remote sensing study.

Desert Mountain Energy will be finalising contracts with a seasoned drilling contractor shortly for a rig and will announce a tentative June start date for the programme in the near future.