France-based exploration technology company Sercel has said its wireless
WiNG land acquisition nodal system has been deployed to a mining exploration
programme at the First Quantum Minerals-owned Kansanshi copper mine in Zambia.
The company said a 30-kilometre WiNG node array was deployed to acquire
passive seismic data over nine months at the mine and the adjacent Solwezi
basement dome.It claimed the WiNG wireless nodal acquisition system has a “lightweight
form factor and compact design,” which makes it simple to deploy compared to
conventional seismometers. By using an ultrasensitive advanced digital sensor,
the technology enables “detection of even the weakest signals."
It said the programme aims to explore the crustal structure of the mine
area using background seismicity, including ambient noise, mine blasting, local
and regional earthquake and teleseismic events.
The programme is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Mines of
Zambia, First Quantum Minerals and Oxford University’s Earth Sciences
Department. It is part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Copper Basin
Exploration Science (CuBES) project.Emmanuelle Dubu, Sercel’s chief executive officer, said the project’s
goal is to “help meet tomorrow’s global resource exploration needs."