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Shell drilling for more gas off Erris

Marian Harrison - Western People

SHELL and its Corrib Gas partners are drilling for more gas off the Mayo coast.

The company has confirmed to the Western People that a rig has arrived 8km north of the Corrib well and may yield additional gas reserves by the end of September.

“Shell E&P Ireland can confirm that it is drilling an exploration well on block 18/20-G in accordance with the terms and conditions of Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 3/94,” said a spokesperson for the company.

It is understood the licence to explore the new well was given out at the same time the go ahead was given to drill the Corrib well but was not used until now. Any gas finds will be owned by the Corrib partners.

The Sedco 711 semisubmersible rig, owned by Transocean, is expected to have its work completed by September.

Transocean also owned the rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Shell has welcomed a High Court decision which overturned a decision finding it in contempt of a district court order in relation to work on commonage in Rossport.

“Shell always acted in good faith in relation to its survey work on Rossport commonage and is pleased that this position has been affirmed by the president of the High Court.”