Irish oil and gas explorer and producer Providence Resources has confirmed successful oil and gas flows from its 48/24-10z Barryroe appraisal well, off the coast of southern Ireland.

The well is located in water depths of about 100m in the standard exploration licence (SEL) 1/11, in the North Celtic Sea Basin.

Stabilised daily flow rates of 3,514 barrels of oil and 2.93 million standard cubic feet were achieved through a 68/64in choke with a well head pressure of 517psia without the use of artificial lift.

The well was tested using vacuum insulated tubing due to equipment availability constraints.

Providence CEO Tony O’Reilly said the flow rates exceeded the stated pre-drill target of 1,800 barrels of oil a day.

"Our comprehensive wire-line logging programme has revealed the seismic signature of the basal sands and can therefore be used to map these intervals directly in the 3D seismic volume for field volumetric determinations and sidetrack well planning," said O’Reilly.

Upon completion of these operations, Providence plans to suspend the well for potential sidetrack drilling.

Providence, holding an 80% stake, operates the SEL 1/11 on behalf of its partner Lansdowne Oil and Gas, which holds a 20% share.