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Dunquin well drilling commences

22 April 2013

ExxonMobil is the operator of the drilling


SOSINA Exploration Ltd is pleased to confirm that drilling activities have now commenced on the 44/23-1 Dunquin exploration prospect in Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 3/04, off the west coast of Ireland. Well 44/23-1 is located in the Frontier Exploration Licence 3/04, 150 kilometers offshore in water depth of 1,600 meters. The well is being drilled by the fifth-generation semisubmersible rig Eirik Raude. Drilling operations are expected to take several months.


ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Ireland (Offshore) Limited (27.5% interest) operates FEL 3/04 on behalf of its partners, Eni Ireland B.V. (27.5% interest), Repsol Exploracion Irlanda, S.A. (25% interest), Providence Resources P.l.c. (16.0% interest) and Sosina Exploration Limited (4.0% interest). 


SOSINA is extremely pleased to confirm that drilling operations on the Dunquin exploration well have now commenced. This is a landmark well given that it is the first to be drilled in the central part of the deep-water southern Porcupine Basin and is designed to test a new and potentially material Lower Cretaceous carbonate exploration play concept.


ExxonMobil is the operator of the drilling. Kevin Biddle, ExxonMobil's European exploration director says "that with this well, ExxonMobil brings years of experience as a world leader in deepwater exploration to Ireland. Success in frontier areas such as the southern Porcupine Basin is far from guaranteed, but a positive outcome has the potential to deliver significant industrial, social and economic benefits to Ireland."


The details about the Dunquin licence can be read at the SOSINA website here.

The semi-submersible unit Eirik Raude is used for the drilling.     Photo: ©Ocean Rig.

Mr. John Ødegaard,

Chairman of the Board

Tel: +45 35 31 10 03

Mobile: +45 27 26 00 03






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