"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 has been awarded a standard exploration licence in the Kish Bank Basin, off the coast of Dublin.
Exploration company Providence Resources has been awarded a standard exploration licence in the Kish Bank Basin, off the coast of Dublin, by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
The licence has been granted for a period of up to six years, and is split into two three year phases.
The licence contains the Dalkey Island exploration prospect and the partners in the project have committed to the drilling of at least one well during its first phase.
Providence holds a 50% interest in the licence and operates on behalf of its partner Star Energy.
Previous exploration drilling in the Kish Bank Basin has confirmed the potential for petroleum generation with oil shows seen in a number of wells along with natural hydrocarbon seeps recorded from air surveys.