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'No noise' from Providence drilling off Dalkey


THE likes of Bono and Enya won't be put out if drilling for oil and gas takes place off the Dalkey shoreline.

That is the message from exploration firm Providence Resources, which says an oil rig 6km off the exclusive Dublin suburb would only be visible on the horizon "from certain angles".

Providence, which plans to explore the Kish Basin near Dalkey Island this year, has released a number of mock-up images online, showing what they believe will be how visible the rig will be from the shore.

Providence has applied for a 'Foreshore Licence' to explore the Dalkey Island prospect just off the mainland. Previous studies and exploration drilling have indicated the possibility of oil or gas reserves.

Under the plans, a seismic survey will be carried out and drilling will follow based on the survey results.

Providence has entered a formal public consultation period on the application and made a range of information available locally and on its website, including a project newsletter.

In a series of questions and answers on the website, the company says the rig "may be visible on the horizon from certain viewpoints" while "no noise from the rig will be heard onshore".

If the licence is awarded, the initial activity of site and seismic surveys would likely take in the region of 15 days, followed by 30 to 60 days for drilling. Both of these operations are planned to take place within six months of each other this year.

The firm, however, says there will be no onshore activity except for transporting workers to and from the rigs by either helicopter or boat.

An oil spill at the site is "highly unlikely" the company said.

"To date, there have been no major oil spills associated with this type of exploratory activity offshore Ireland.

"In addition, European regulations have tightened considerably and therefore it is highly unlikely that such an incident would occur.

"Contingency plans are in place in the event that any spill should occur, as governed by these European standards, which rank among the highest in the world," the company added.

Irish Independent