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NXT Energy Solutions’ future looks bright, says Mackie Research Capital

Mackie Research Capital analyst Raveel Afzaal says his discussions with end users suggest a high correation between anomalies detected by NXT Energy Solutions’ Stress Field Detector technology and seismic surveys.

After some unavoidable regulatory delays and technical reviews, the future is looking bright for NXT Energy Solutions (TSXV:SFD), says Mackie Research Capital analyst Raveel Afzaal.

In a research update to clients this morning, Afzaal maintained his “Speculative Buy” recommendation and $1.70 one-year target price on NXT Energy, implying a 31% return from the date of publication.

Afzaal believes that NXT Energy’s proprietary airborne Stress Field Detector technology is showing great promise in reducing the cost of conducting a seismic survey. He says his discussions with end users suggest a high correlation between anomalies detected by SFD and seismic surveys. This is important to note, he says, because SFD is “10 to 30 times cheaper” than the cost of conducting a traditional seismic survey.

After the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, PEMEX, awarded NXT a $5.8mm survey contract in 2012, the company’s stock subsequently raced to highs near two-dollars in 2013. While many were expecting a larger follow on contract, Afzaal notes that the possibility was muddied by regulatory changes to Mexico’s oil and gas market and a technical review by PEMEX itself.

Afzaal says that based on his discussions with management, a formal sign off on the initial contract has been completed, waiving the requirement for any further technical evaluation of the technology.

Internationally, notes Afzaal, NXT is in “advanced discussions” with the new customers in the United States, Pakistan, Bolivia, Malaysia and Argentina, a pipeline of opportunities worth $35-million, not including PEMEX.

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Cantech Letter founder and editor Nick Waddell has lived in five Canadian provinces and is proud of his country's often overlooked contributions to the world of science and technology. Waddell takes a regular shift on the Canadian media circuit, making appearances on CTV, CBC and BNN, and contributing to publications such as Canadian Business and Business Insider.

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