Company Begins Drilling For Oil Off Kerry Coast

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The location of the oil drilling at ‘Druid/Drombeg’ location.

A DUBLIN-BASED company has begun drilling for oil off the coast of Kerry.

Providence Resources said yesterday that it has started drilling in the southern Porcupine Basin, about 220km off the south-west coast of Ireland.

The location where the company plans to drill covers licences for two of its projects, named ‘Druid’ and ‘Drombeg’.

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The company estimates that there could be as much as 3.2 billion barrels of oil at its Druid location.

Providence has contracted a deep-water drillship called the Stena ’IceMAX’ to drill the well at a depth of more than 2km. Drilling operations are expected to last between 45 and 60 days.

In a statement released yesterday, the exploration company said that consent from the Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to commence drilling operations had been received on July 11, 2017.

Providence said that an update will be provided once the Druid prospect has been penetrated or as appropriate.


  1. Patrick O Shea says:

    The worst decision to be ever made by Minister Naughton one of Endas boys the irony is that the Irish State will gain zero from this pillaging and it breaks all climate agreements never mind the possibility of destroying the Prime fishing porcupine basin, you really couldn’t make this up and the silence from the elected neanderthals is deafening hang the heads in shame Kerry as you have whoored yourselves in silence.

  2. Patrick O Shea says:

    Why don’t you write an opinionated article rather than cutting and pasting facts, chickens…

  3. Patrick O Shea says:

    Posting even.