Oil Riches In Ireland Could Be Vast
Ireland’s troubled economy received a jolt of hope last month with the news that an oil field off the achingly beautiful coast of West Cork may contain as much as 1.7 billion barrels of oil, with 280 million barrels of that recoverable in the short term at a rate of 100,000 barrels a day, That’s more than the entire country consumes and you would think “Eureka!” is the word. But few are doing cartwheels just yet, given the legacy of futility that has plagued Irish offshore resource exploration for decades.
Experts are convinced that the ocean floor around Ireland contains huge reservoirs of natural gas and oil, with total oil reserves potentially in the neighborhood of 10 billion barrels of oil or gas, just around this corner of the land where I live. But Norway Ireland isn’t. The country’s Atlantic shores face fierce seas, infrastructure remains patchy, and years of protests have beleaguered the efforts of Royal Dutch Shell and its affiliates Statoil and Vermilion Energy to bring their Corrib gas field on tap.
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