Consortium to deliver offshore Ireland framework study

Offshore staff

LEDBURY, UK – The Irish Petroleum Infrastructure Program has awarded a Merlin Energy Resources Ltd.-led consortium a €1.9-million ($2.1-million) contract to complete an integrated chronostratigraphic, biostratigraphic, and lithostratigraphic framework study of offshore Ireland.

The consortium consists of Riley Geoscience Ltd.; Network Stratigraphic Consulting ltd; IGI Ltd.; and G. Dunford Exploration Ltd.

The 12-month 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 eastern Canada and the North Sea, and 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 and South Celtic Sea, Kish and Central Irish Sea.

Dr. Nigel Ainsworth, lead researcher for the project and formerly based at Trinity College Dublin’s Applied Geology Unit, is a world-renowned biostratigrapher, with more than 35 years of acknowledged stratigraphic expertise in offshore Ireland. Together with Drs Les Riley, Haydon Bailey and Keith Gueinn, Ainsworth has also completed stratigraphic standardization studies for the conjugate margin of eastern Canada.


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