Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (325)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

325. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of oil, gas or other exploration licences issued in each of the past ten years to date; the number of such licences already activated; the extent to which viable discoveries has been documented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12188/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The number of Mineral Prospecting Licences and Petroleum Exploration Licences granted in each year between 2004 and 2014 are set out in the table.

Licences granted during period 2004 – 2014 (to 5 March 2014)

Year

Prospecting Licences (Minerals)

Petroleum Exploration Licences

2004

26

3

2005

51

7

2006

84

4

2007

143

5

2008

91

5

2009

66

1

2010

93

0

2011

98

2

2012

102

0

2013

142

5

2014

33

4

All licences granted have been activated and there have been no declared commercial discoveries in respect of these licences in the last ten years. Details of all Prospecting Licences (Minerals) and Petroleum Exploration Licences can be found in the six-monthly reports to the Oireachtas, which I am obliged to lay before the Houses under the Minerals Development Acts, 1940 to 1999 and the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, 1960 respectively. The last such reports were in respect of the six-month period ending 31 December 2013. These reports are also available on my Department’s website at www.dcenr.gov.ie.