Merlin Energy Resources Ltd. and its partners have secured a €1.9-million contract from Ireland’s Petroleum Infrastructure Program (PIP) to complete an integrated chronostratigraphic, biostratigraphic, and lithostratigraphic framework study of the country’s offshore sector.
The project is expected to take 12 months to compile an illustrative “atlas” reference document as well as a comprehensive final report providing details of all analyses completed together with accompanying digital databases.
According to the press release, the study will tie Ireland’s stratigraphy to that of offshore East Canada and the North Sea. The consortium’s study will also establish a new sequence stratigraphy for the region and generate depositional environment maps and play fairway maps. The comprehensive study will include well and seismic data from all of the region’s basins including Porcupine, Rockall, Slyne, Erris, Donegal, Goban Spur, Fastnet, the North and South Celtic Seas, Kish, and the Central Irish Sea.
The Merlin-led consortium also includes Riley Geoscience Ltd., Network Stratigraphic Consulting Ltd., and IGI Ltd.