Helium One on Tuesday (12th Jan) said it has completed an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) and compensation survey, including consultation with communities in nine villages closest to the drill locations, for its Rukwa project in southern Tanzania.

The company also said it has submitted the ESIA for its proposed drilling programme at the Rukwa Project to the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) of the Tanzanian Government.

Helium One added that the study, which covers a project area of 310km2 in three prospecting licences, is a “key document” in securing environmental permits for exploration drilling and an important milestone towards the company’s maiden exploration drilling in the second quarter of 2021 (Q2 2021).

“The company is very pleased to be able to press ahead with its planned field activities in Tanzania, taking important steps towards our planned drilling programme in Q2 2021,” said David Minchin, CEO of Helium One.

“Drill planning is progressing on schedule with rig-selection and contract negotiation well advanced.”

“Submittal of the ESIA for drilling at the Rukwa Project is a significant milestone and the culmination of several months of fieldwork, baseline mapping and community consultation.”