Coconut factories in Mozambique and British mine-hunting blimps have more in common with Canada’s energy industry than one might think.
Mineseeker Operations Ltd., a United Kingdom-based non-profit with a unique technology to find and disarm land mines, has spent more than a decade clearing long-inaccessible lands in some of the world’s most impoverished regions. In July, it struck a partnership with Calgary-based EnerVue World Inc. to find ways of developing the vast oil and gas reserves believed to lie beneath those lands in hopes of helping those regions grow self-sustaining economies.
The work is physically dangerous and economically risky, as no one has ever been able to survey land mine-infested reservoirs before. The two entrepreneurs behind the recently incorporated EnerVue may lack any directly relevant expertise, yet they possess the drive to achieve what no one ever has before. Their passionate dedication to their undeniably risky business model ranks among the main reasons why Canadian energy innovation has long been the envy of the world.