IRISH oil and gas explorer Providence Resources has started a 2D seismic survey over its Newgrange prospect, in the Goban Spur basin offshore Ireland.

The survey area, located about 260 kilometres southwest of Ireland, is in Frontier Exploration Licence 6/14 and covers an area in about 1,000 metres of water depth.

The MC2D survey, using the M/V Harrier Explorer, is being carried out under contract by Polarcus MC Limited and Seabird Exploration, and provides for the acquisition of 2,500 line kilometres of new ‘state of the art’ long offset 2D seismic reflection data in the Newgrange area.

About 1,000 line kilometres will be focused on the Newgrange prospect, together with associated seismic well tie lines.

This regional 2D seismic program will also tie into Polarcus’ South Porcupine MC3D survey and the Dunquin North exploration well, which has proven an oil exploration play concept in Cretaceous-aged carbonates in the area.

Providence technical director John O’Sullivan said Providence was committed to exploring Ireland’s Atlantic Margin basins.

“This survey, in tandem with the two 3D seismic acquisition programmes currently being acquired over our Drombeg prospect and our Spanish Point South prospects, will give valuable new data over the North and South Porcupine basins, as well as the Goban Spur basin,” he said.

Providence Resources holds an 80 per cent operating stake in the licence with its partner, Sosina Exploration (20%).