More oil found off Cork Coast

25th July 2012
By Elaine Murphy
elaine@TheCork.ie

Providence Resources P.l.c., (“Providence”) the Irish oil and gas exploration and production company, whose shares are quoted in London (AIM) and Dublin (ESM), is pleased to provide a resource update on the Barryroe oil field in the North Celtic Sea Basin, offshore Ireland. Providence (80%) operates Barryroe on behalf of its partner Lansdowne Oil and Gas plc (20%). The area is located in Standard Exploration Licence (SEL) 1/11, lies in c. 100 metre water depth and is c. 50 kilometres off the south coast of Ireland.

Following the successful drilling and testing of the Barryroe 48/24-10z well in March 2012, Providence has now completed a series of comprehensive post-well studies in order to update the in-place volumetric resource estimate for the Barryroe discovery contained within Standard Exploration Licence (SEL) 1/11. This assessment has incorporated the data from all 6 wells drilled on Barryroe, together with the recently acquired/processed 3D seismic data, existing 2D seismic data, as well as utilizing other regional data.

This analysis demonstrates that the Barryroe trap at Base Wealden level is situated in the hanging-wall side of an inverted major intra-basinal growth-fault system and covers an area of several hundred square kilometres. The crest of the structure is located at c. 6,400 ft TVDSS with a deepest logged hydrocarbons at c. 7,300 ft TVDSS with no evidence of an oil-water contact. Reservoir fluid data from the recent 48/24-10z well indicate that there is unlikely to be any primary gas cap present at the crest of the structure in the Basal Wealden Sands.

 

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