Exxon Spuds Dunquin Well Offshore Ireland

Irish explorer Providence Resources reported Tuesday that drilling has begun on the 44/23-1 well at the Dunquin exploration prospect in Frontier Licence 3/04 (FEL 3/04) off the west coast of Ireland.

Providence said that the operator, ExxonMobil, is expected to take several months to complete drilling operations using the rig Eirik Raude (DW semisub).

Providence Chief Executive Tony O'Reilly commented in a company statement:

"We are pleased to confirm that drilling operations on the Dunquin exploration well have now commenced. This is a landmark well given that it is the first to be drilled in the central part of the deep-water southern Porcupine Basin and is designed to test a new and potentially material Lower Cretaceous carbonate exploration play concept. The 44/23-1 well is the second of six wells being drilled as part of Providence's Irish concerted multi-basin, multi-well drilling program which kicked off in November 2011 with the Barryroe appraisal well."

The Dunquin well is targeting a large gas prospect that is estimated to contain some 1.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Providence will be hoping that Exxon can replicate its own success in the Celtic Sea off the south coast of Ireland, where Providence's Barryroe discovery was recently estimated to contain recoverable resources of 346 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Exxon has a 27.5-percent interest in FEL 3/04. Its partners include: Eni, with 27.5 percent; Repsol, with 25 percent; Providence, with 16 percent; and Sosina Exploration, with four percent.

A former engineer, Jon is an award-winning editor who has covered the technology, engineering and energy sectors since the mid-1990s. Email Jon at jmainwaring@rigzone.com

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Post a Comment Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.

Related Companies
For More Information on the Offshore Rig Fleet:
RigLogix can provide the information that you need about the offshore rig fleet, whether you need utilization and industry trends or detailed reports on future rig contracts. Subscribing to RigLogix will allow you to access dozens of prebuilt reports and build your own custom reports using hundreds of available data columns. For more information about a RigLogix subscription, visit www.riglogix.com.
Events  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Our Privacy Pledge
SUBSCRIBE

More from this Author
Jon Mainwaring
Senior Editor, EMEA | Rigzone
 -  Go-Ahead Given for Biggest UK Field Fo... (Aug 31)
 -  Wood Group Scores Gabon Deal after Tou... (Aug 18)
 -  European Oilfield Services: Light at t... (Aug 14)
 -  UK Government to Fast Track Shale Gas ... (Aug 13)
 -  Tullow Resumes Exports from the Jubile... (Aug 12)


Most Popular Articles

From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
Top Drive Technician
Expertise: Mechanical Technician|Rig Electrician|Rig Mechanic
Location: Williston, ND
 
Senior Drill Rig Operator
Expertise: Drilling Foreman|Gas Plant Operations|Rig Manager
Location: Farmington, NM
 
Drilling Instructor
Expertise: Driller|Instructor / Trainer
Location: Houston, TX
 
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $50.68/BBL 0.35%
Light Crude Oil : $46.75/BBL 1.08%
Natural Gas : $2.73/MMBtu 3.01%
Updated in last 24 hours