Zimbabwe-focused Invictus Energy expects to begin acquiring seismic in the first week of September.
The Australian company said it had carried out 400 km of line clearance. Furthermore, the vibroseis units have undergone maintenance and checks. Polaris Natural Resources is carrying out the work, mobilising the vehicles to the field camp in Muzarabani.
Invictus said it would use the Stryde wireless nodes, which are lighter than comparable systems. This makes laying and retrieving of nodes faster and cheaper.
As a result, it will be able to double its seismic data coverage. It will have an effective line spacing of 800-900 metres, at a minimal incremental cost.
The company had previously hoped to begin its seismic plans in July.
Invictus said it had also completed the tendering process for long-lead items on its drilling plans. It is in “detailed discussions” with rig providers and drilling service companies.
These talks should be ready by the end of the quarter, after which it will carry out formal awards.
Invictus’ managing director Scott Macmillan welcomed Polaris’ performance and the local field crew, which have carried out the line clearing.
“The preparations for the basin opening drilling campaign are progressing well,” he said.
“We are also very pleased to launch the next phase of our CSR programme in the Muzarabani and Mbire Districts focusing on the provision of water to the community as part of our ESG commitments under our exploration programme. This is especially important for women and children in the community who will be freed up from pumping water and provide them with more time for education and other positive activities.”