Petrel Resources soars following completion of initial work in Porcupine Basin

Diversified oil and gas exploration company Petrel Resources has completed initial work on two prospective licencing options in the Porcupine Basin in offshore Ireland.

Diversified oil and gas exploration company Petrel Resources has completed initial work on two prospective licencing options in the Porcupine Basin in offshore Ireland.

The company said it was moving forward in talks with prospective partners.

The company reported that in addition to previously identified potential on Quad 35,Quad 45 (Option 11/6) had the capability to hold several hundred million barrels of in-place oil.

Petrel Resources said that interest in the Porcupine Basin continued to rise with the nearby ExxonMobil well about to be spudded on the Dunquin prospect.

The company reported that the basin contains known working petroleum systems at Jurassic and Cretaceous levels, with oil/gas shows recorded in most of the 29 exploration wells drilled in previous times.

The company said that flows of good quality oil had been recorded from three wells, with condensate flows recorded in a fourth well.

Since award of the options, the company said that it had purchased additional 2D seismic data, 3D seismic data and well logs to supplement its data base.

David Horgan, Managing Director of Petrel, commented: "We have long believed that the offshore Porcupine Basin is a hydrocarbon province. This has been further supported by our recent work in identifying potential prospects on both of our blocks.

"The spudding of a well by Exxon Mobil in the nearby Dunquin prospect will add to the interest. We look forward to increased activities across the Basin which we believe has the potential to be a major new oil province. We have commenced our search for potential partners."

Petrel Resources' share price was up 15.83% to 17.38p at 09:45 on Tuesday.

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