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Ireland North Celtic Sea exploration basin

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The North Celtic Sea Basin lies off the southeast coast of Ireland, extending through Saint George's Channel to Cardigan Bay. The basin is gas-prone, and the main reservoirs are Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous sandstones. The Early Cretaceous Wealden Formation has proved to be the most attractive exploration target, including the large Kinsale Head gas field discovered in 1971. Although large areas remain unexplored, the basin is considered mature. Only one exploration well (dry hole) has been drilled since 2008 and we do not currently consider exploration in the basin to be a material consideration. The report details the historic exploration performance only. A comprehensive update will be carried out if and when activity necessitates it.

Table of contents

  • Key issues include
  • Volumes discovered

Tables and charts

This report includes 11 images and tables including:

  • Key play characteristics
  • Exploration wells by play
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Basin creaming curve
  • Key basin data
  • Cumulative discoveries by play
  • Cumulative volumes by play
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Exploration spend per well

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    Ireland North Celtic Sea exploration basin

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