Royal Helium has commenced a triaxial magnetometer survey over the Climax Helium Project in southern Saskatchewan, Canada.

Detailed deep magnetic surveys, in conjunction with traditional seismic and well logs, have the potential to more accurately define potential inert gas bearing formations deep in the Precambrian basement, the Canadian company explained in a statement.

Once competed, Royal Helium said it announce results and refined drill target locations stemming from this survey.

The focus of the survey is to identify areas of structural movement and deformation in the Precambrian basement, which may facilitate the vertical migration of helium into the overlying stratigraphic traps.

Stephen Halabura, Vice-President of Exploration at Royal Helium, alongside the technical team at the Axiom Exploration Group, have compiled, analysed and reprocessed regional geological, geophysical (seismic and magnetic) and offsetting well data.

In conjunction with the triaxial magnetometer survey, this well data will contribute to the planning and execution of additional exploration and drilling going forward.

The results of this program will lend additional confidence to the initial drilling at Climax, where Royal has seven initial drill ready targets.

“It is exciting to commence this program and to kick off the 2020 exploration season. Royal intends to build on the momentum generated by this program and move aggressively towards drilling at Climax,” Andrew Davidson, President and CEO of Royal, said.

“The supply and demand economics for primary helium remains extremely attractive. As well, the current glut and slowdown in oil and gas production has further hindered the production and supply of helium.”

“Globally, helium is produced as a by-product of hydrocarbon extraction. Saskatchewan is one of the few places on earth that produces primary helium with little or no association with hydrocarbons.”

“In Saskatchewan, helium is co-produced with nitrogen which can be safely vented to the atmosphere or used in value-added products such as fertiliser.”

“The need for helium is well defined and continuing to expand.”