We aim to valorize natural helium leaks at surface related to fault zones or natural springs.
This low risk and innovative approach therefore does not require to drill deep in the subsurface.
After having studied more than 500 natural springs, 45-8 Energy confirmed that France, but actually the entire Europe, holds multiple geologically areas prone for the existence of such contexts and has retained a promising pilot, the Fonts-Bouillants project, aiming to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of this concept.
Our target: the official award of our exploration license early 2021 and a first production by 2023.
This is a more classical approach which consists in exploring, discovering and producing helium accumulations deeper in the subsurface, ranging from several hundred to even a thousand meters deep. Drilling a well is then necessary, requiring multidisciplinary studies prior to select a geological target offering a high probability of success.
The first measurements carried out in an area of interest in France have already shown great promise, with active helium seeps identified at surface.
And after ? An application for another exploration license is under preparation in a high potential area in France. Such project, if license is awarded, is currently considering the realization of one or more exploratory boreholes from 2023.