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Merlin Energy leads offshore consortium

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A consortium led by Merlin Energy Resources Ltd and comprising Riley Geoscience Ltd, Network Stratigraphic Consulting ltd, IGI Ltd and G. Dunford Exploration Ltd has secured a €1.9 million contract from the Irish Petroleum Infrastructure Programme (PIP). The PIP was set up by the Petroleum Affairs Division (PAD) in 1997, to complete an integrated chronostratigraphic, biostratigraphic and lithostratigraphic framework study of Offshore Ireland.

The project will deliver an illustrative ‘Atlas’ reference document as well as a comprehensive final report providing details of all analyses completed together with accompanying digital databases. The study will also tie the Ireland stratigraphy to that of offshore East Canada and the North Sea, will establish a new sequence stratigraphy for the region and generate depositional environment maps and play fairway maps. The study will be based on all available well and seismic data from the region, and will include the following basins; Porcupine, Rockall, Slyne, Erris, Donegal, Goban Spur, Fastnet, North & South Celtic Sea, Kish and Central Irish Sea.

Merlin Energy has completed many stratigraphic studies of the North Atlantic conjugate margin and offshore Ireland, and Dr Phil Copestake, who is the overall Project Manager, co-authored the Lower Cretaceous Chapter in the Millennium Atlas published by the Geology Society of London. Merlin staff have in addition carried out extensive subsurface prospectivity evaluation studies in the area over several years.

Following confirmation of the contract award, Copestake commented: “We are excited by the prospect of undertaking such a prestigious and challenging study and we believe that the team’s unrivalled experience and skill set will deliver an outstanding atlas, report and accompanying databases to PIP.”

The resulting integrated biostratigraphic and lithostratigraphic regionally–correlative framework across the offshore Ireland areas will aid future workers in their search for hydrocarbons in this area.

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