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Friday 01 February, 2019


Operational Update - Standard Exploration Licence 1/11 - Barryroe, North Celtic Sea Basin

Operational Update - Standard Exploration Licence 1/11 - Barryroe, North Celtic Sea Basin





Dublin and London – February 1, 2019 - Providence Resources P.l.c. (PVR LN, PRP ID), the Irish based Oil & Gas Exploration Company (“Providence” or the “Company”), today provides an operational update on Standard Exploration Licence (“SEL”) 1/11 that contains the Barryroe oil accumulation.  The area lies in c. 100 metre water depth in the North Celtic Sea Basin and is located c. 50 km off the south coast of Ireland.   SEL 1/11 is operated by EXOLA DAC (“EXOLA”, 40%), a wholly-owned Providence subsidiary, on behalf of its partners, APEC Energy Enterprises Limited (“APEC”, 50%) and Lansdowne Celtic Sea Limited (“Lansdowne”, 10%), collectively referred to as the “Barryroe Partners”. 

In September 2018, EXOLA and Lansdowne signed an Updated Farm-out Agreement (“FOA”) with APEC which provides for a fully cost-carried firm programme comprising of the drilling and testing of four vertical wells and one horizontal side-track (collectively the “Drilling Programme”), plus the optional drilling of two additional horizontal wells (the “Option Wells”).  Under the terms of the FOA, China Oilfield Services Limited (“COSL”) will provide all services and equipment required to conduct the Drilling Programme. 

To effect this Drilling Programme, the Barryroe Partners can now confirm that COSL have nominated their 6th generation “COSLinnovator” semi-submersible drilling unit, which is currently based in the Norwegian North Sea. The first well in the program, subject to regulatory consent, is planned to be c. 4.3 km west and c. 25 m structurally high at Base Wealden level to the previous 48/24-10z well which tested c. 4,000 BOEPD from a vertical 7-metre reservoir section at this level.  This well is then planned to be sidetracked to drill and test a prognosed c. 200 metre Base Wealden section.  Well-site survey operations are planned to commence during Q2 2019, subject to regulatory consents.

Commenting on the announcement, Tony O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Providence said: 

“The rig nomination allows us to progress the rig-related consents for the upcoming Barryroe appraisal drilling programme.  Subject to the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, we currently envisage rig mobilisation and drilling commencing during Q3 2019.  The Barryroe partners look forward to working closely with COSL on the execution of this major drilling programme and further project announcements will be made as appropriate.”

Providence Resources P.l.c.Tel: +353 1 219 4074
Tony O’Reilly, Chief Executive Officer   
Cenkos Securities plcTel: +44 131 220 9771 
Neil McDonald/Derrick Lee  
J&E DavyTel: +353 1 679 6363 
Anthony Farrell   
Mirabaud Securities LimitedTel: + 44 20 3167 7221
Peter Krens  
PowerscourtTel: +44 207 250 1446 
Peter Ogden  
Murray ConsultantsTel: +353 1 498 0300 
Pauline McAlester  


This announcement has been reviewed by Dr John O’Sullivan, Technical Director, Providence Resources P.l.c.  John is a geology graduate of University College, Cork and holds a Masters in Applied Geophysics from the National University of Ireland, Galway.  He also holds a Masters in Technology Management from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin and a doctorate in Geology from Trinity College Dublin.  John is a Chartered Geologist and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.  He is also a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Geophysical Association of Ireland.  John has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas exploration and production industry having previously worked with both Mobil and Marathon Oil.  John is a qualified person as defined in the guidance note for Mining Oil & Gas Companies, March 2006 of the London Stock Exchange.  Definitions in this press release are consistent with SPE guidelines. SPE/WPC/AAPG/SPEE Petroleum Resource Management System 2007 has been used in preparing this announcement. 

Providence Resources is an Irish based Oil & Gas Exploration Company with a portfolio of appraisal and exploration assets located offshore Ireland.  Providence’s shares are quoted on the AIM in London and the ESM in Dublin. Further information on Providence can be found on

China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) is the leading integrated oilfield services providers in the Asian offshore market. COSL’s four main services divisions—Geophysical Services, Drilling Services, Well Services, and Marine and Transportation Services—cover the exploration, development, and production phases of the oil and gas industry. It is a majority owned (54.63%) subsidiary of Chinese state-owned company, CNOOC.

Delivered from the yard in November 2011, the COSLinnovator is a semi-submersible drilling rig designed to operate in water depths up to 750 metres. The unit is designed for North Sea/ Norwegian Sea and world – wide use in harsh environments. Station keeping is maintained by an 8-line mooring system or by dynamic position mode maintained by 6 fixed pitch, variable speed thrusters (DP3).

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