Vortex Energy Corp. (Vortex or the Company) has taken a significant step by submitting an “Application for Exploration Approval” to the Mineral Lands Division of the Department of Industry, Energy, & Technology in Newfoundland and Labrador.
This application pertains to the Robinsons River Salt Project, covering an area of 23,500 hectares. RESPEC Consulting Inc., the firm engaged by Vortex, submitted the permit application on August 24th, 2023, and they will be responsible for carrying out the planned work on behalf of Vortex.
The property contains a type of salt called halite. There are plans to have a total of two drilling locations, and in the year 2023, a maximum of 2,500 m will be drilled. Out of this, up to 1,100 m will be assessed using special downhole geophysical instrumentation.
To get around the property, the company will use existing gravel paths, which are already wide enough for vehicles with clearings of <4 m. These paths will not need much preparation to make them suitable for travel.
Additionally, <2 km of new access trails will have to be brushed; “brushing” involves removing materials from the trail to allow a rig to pass through and does not involve cutting new paths.
The plan involves drilling two diamond core wells to verify the depth of the salt structures and gather the geological properties of the salt and non-salt rocks. As an integrated company, RESPEC, as an all-inclusive company, will oversee all necessary tasks to carry out this project, including managing the project, designing the wells, estimating costs, acquiring equipment, actively managing the drilling process, collecting data, conducting tests, and producing technical reports.
We are pleased to have submitted our drilling permit application as a next step in the progress of the Robinson River Salt project and look forward to selecting our drilling partner once we receive the necessary approvals. Given the previous work that had been completed on the property, we will have the benefit of using existing infrastructure which will minimize any potential disruption to the footprint.
Paul Sparkes, Chief Executive Officer, Vortex Energy Corp.