Airborne survey specialists fly into new territory

Gold and base metals are to be sought in Europe for the first time by gravity survey specialist, Bell Geospace in contracts valued at more than $1 million. Aberdeen based Bell Geospace which specialises in marine and air gravity surveys will spend five weeks surveying areas of Portugal and Finland. An aircraft, equipped with the company’s Air-FTG – three dimensional
Full Tensor Gradiometer- will be used in several exploration projects.  

Commencing in central Portugal, Bell Geospace will spend three weeks surveying for base metals, before moving to Finland in late September to explore an area inside the arctic circle for gold and various base metals. Discussing the European surveys, John Macfarlane, Executive Vice President, Bell Geospace said: “Whilst we have extensive experience of marine surveying in Europe this is the first time the company has undertaken airborne surveys in these countries. Portugal and Finland continue to offer significant geological potential and gold exploration in Finland, in particular, is booming as many commodities remain largely under explored.”  

The surveys are expected to cover an area of around 1,000 km2 and gather 5,000 line km of data. Bell Geospace will use the data to produce detailed gravity maps.