"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
Providence Resources said today that there is a possibility that it's Barryroe site off the West Cork coast, may contain up to 1.6bn barrels of oil.
Providence Resources Plc., the Irish oil and gas exploration and production company, whose shares are quoted in the small companies markets in London (AIM) and Dublin (ESM), has an 80% share in the Barryroe site and its partner Lansdowne Oil and Gas plc has 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.
The following statement was issued by the company:
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
The lowest closing contour (P10) for the Barryroe structure at Basal Wealden reservoir level is mapped at c. 7,500 ft TVDSS, just c. 200 ft down-dip from existing well control. A mid-case (P50) Basal Wealden average net sand thickness of just 23 ft has been assumed across the structure for volumetric purposes and, when combined with well petrophysical parameters, results in an in-place P50 of 756 MMBO and P10 of 906 MMBO. The large increase in Basal Wealden resources versus the previous estimate is based on the ability to use the new high quality 3D seismic data to image and extend the Basal Wealden sand play across the entire mapped Barryroe structure. The resource figures for the Middle Wealden (P50 of 287 MMBO and P10 of 706 MMBO) have not been revised and remain as per the previous RPS Energy audit.
As in the recent 48/24-10z well, all of the previous Barryroe wells, which were drilled through the Lower Wealden, encountered a thick c. 1,000 ft section of inter-bedded sands and shales with all sands logged as hydrocarbon bearing. In the eastern part of Barryroe, these sands are generally thin in nature however they thicken considerably to the west as evidenced by the previous Esso-operated 48/23-1 well. That well, which logged c. 120 ft of stacked Lower Wealden hydrocarbon bearing sands had average porosities of 16% and hydrocarbon saturations of 70%. A failed well test in 1976 over this interval is now interpreted by the partners to be due to mechanical failure. The 48/23-1 well also encountered a c. 70 ft logged hydrocarbon bearing sand within the Purbeckian lacustrine shales underlying the Basal Wealden, which was not tested. Deeper exploration potential has also been identified under Barryroe at Upper Jurassic level, which is as yet undrilled. Mapping confirms the Barryroe closure persists to Base Cretaceous level and the overpressured shales of the Purbeckian should provide an effective seal for any potential accumulation.