Thursday, 20 June 2019

Ceisteanna (179)

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

179. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment further to Parliamentary Question No. 180 of 13 June 2019, the details of the companies in two lease undertakings identified in his reply; the standard exploration licence the applications are related to; when an application for a lease undertaking was first made; and when his Department was first notified of a discovery at the site. [25980/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

My Department is currently considering applications for two Lease Undertakings. The first application was received in October 2012 in respect of Standard Exploration Licence 2/07 (Hook Head) operated by Providence Resources Plc. The discovery of oil on the acreage encompassed by the Licence was first notified to the Department in 1971 by Marathon Petroleum Ireland Ltd. Providence Resources Plc was awarded Standard Exploration Licence 2/07 on this acreage on 1 February 2007, undertook drilling on this Licence in 2007 and 2008 and communicated the results to my Department.

The second application was received in April 2019 and is currently being validated and as such remains commercially sensitive at this time.