The long awaited start of drilling signals the start of another busy period for Providence and could deliver more catalysts for the AIM quoted explorer.
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Providence Resources Plc is an Irish based oil and gas exploration company whose shares are traded on the London AIM market and on Dublin's ESM market. Providence's portfolio of production, appraisal and exploration assets includes licence interests in Ireland (offshore) and the United Kingdom (onshore & offshore). In 2011, Providence, along with its partners, commenced a circa $500 million multi-year drilling programme on a number of exploration and development wells in 6 different basins offshore Ireland. This programme represents the largest drilling campaign ever carried out offshore Ireland. ABOUT BARRYROE The Barryroe licence lies in the North Celtic Sea and and has had six wells successfully drilled on the structure. Hydrocarbons have been logged in all six wells with flow test results from four wells. Four wells were drilled in the 1970's by Esso with a further appraisal well drilled in 1990. The last well, 48/24-10z, was drilled by Providence in 2011/2012. The field is fully covered by both 2D and 3D seismic. The reservoir sands are of Cretaceous Middle and Lower Wealden age located between c. 4,500' TVDSS and 7,550' TVDSS. The oil is light (43o API) with a wax content of c. 17-20%. Providence holds an 80% interest in the licence and operates on behalf of its partner, Lansdowne Oil and Gas Plc (20%).