Greymouth Begins Seismic Survey in East Taranaki

Greymouth Petroleum has taken the first step in exploring for hydrocarbons in the rugged isolation of eastern Taranaki by commencing a seismic survey of the area. Company chief operating officer John Sturgess said that Greymouth's own seismic team had started the 50km 2D survey on Monday inland from the small town of Douglas and expected to complete the operation by mid-August.

"We have mobilized our own crew men in this first step of exploring for shallow oil on the up-thrown side of the central thrust fault. We will be targeting young formations like the Matemateaonga, which we believe lie only a kilometer or so below the surface over much of eastern Taranaki."

However, it would take about a year before the first exploration well would be drilled, Sturgess added.

Greymouth was awarded the large (1381 sq km) license PEP 38739, which runs right down the eastern edge of the central thrust belt, almost two years ago.

Little exploration was done in the rugged eastern Taranaki countryside until recently, and Greymouth will be looking to overcome the almost prohibitive exploration costs and complete lack of infrastructure, by utilizing modern technology and targeting shallow formations.