Airborne Geophysics

Securing Scotland's Electric Future

Update: 5th May 2022 – Drew Craig, General Manager

We are currently working through the enquiries that have been sent in relation to the geophysical survey. We will get back to those who can contacted us via phone or email.

Further details on the survey will be published here shortly. We have not been able to do so yet due to final coordination between ourselves, our contractors, and the Civil Aviation Authority. 

We acknowledge a range of concerns and will endeavour to provide a comprehensive response to each enquiry.

Aberdeen Minerals Limited (“AML”) has appointed of SkyTEM Surveys Aps (“SkyTEM”) as the lead contractor to conduct the first modern airborne geophysical survey in North East Scotland. This cutting-edge survey will provide new data to identify possible locations of copper, nickel, and cobalt bearing sulphide mineralization. This survey will be conducted in May and June 2022 and will help to identify prospective sites for follow-up ground investigation.

Headquartered in Denmark, SkyTEM has conducted numerous surveys of the type to be undertaken in the North East. This non-invasive exploration technique utilises a helicopter fitted with specialized equipment (Figure 1) to fly survey lines back and forth over a number of areas of interest.

Figure 1 – A selection of photos showing the helicopter and geophysical sensor array.

Whilst this is the first modern airborne geophysical survey to be flown in the North East for mineral exploration, such surveys are routinely and safely flown around the world. The helicopter will not be flying directly over urban dwellings, farm buildings and areas of development. The SkyTEM survey flight path will also avoid pylons, wind turbines and transmitters.

Survey Details

We’ll be working with SkyTEM to provide details of when we’ll be flying and where in the North East.

Before detailed plans are announced, the headlines are as follows:

  • WHEN: Survey has been rescheduled; further details to follow soon.
  • WHERE: Throughout North East Scotland
    (more details online with daily updates, flight information, etc.)
  • WHAT: Our contractor SkyTEM will be flying low and slow. The large hexagonal geophysical sensor is suspended below the helicopter and will be around 35 to 50 metres above the ground. The helicopter will be flying at around 75 to 90 metres.
  • SAFETY: Whilst this is the first modern airborne geophysical survey to be flown in the North East, such surveys are routinely and safely flown around the world on a regular basis. The helicopter will not be flying directly over urban dwellings, farm buildings and areas of development. The survey flight path will also avoid pylons, wind turbines and transmitters. We recommend that if you have animals or livestock that you feel may be sensitive to the overflight, that you review as to whether they should be brought under-cover.

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Approach

In this age, maintaining a company’s social license to operate is equally as important as adhering to the legal planning regulations. AML is determined to ensure it is following the best-in-class environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) principles. We will liaise actively with landowners, local councils and other Government and community representatives to ensure everyone is appropriately informed of our exploration activities. Importantly, we will work hard to educate and emphasize the value of mineral exploration for Scotland and its local communities.