Irish oil and gas firm Providence Resources has begun its 3D seismic acquisition project in the north Celtic Sea, offshore Ireland.

The survey forms part of the planned pre-development drilling program on the Barryroe oil discovery.

According to the company, the 3D seismic survey will be used to assist in the pre-development drilling program designed to progress Barryroe to first oil.

Modern 3D seismic data, in tandem with modern well completions in the current high oil price environment, are believed to be key components to unlocking value at Barryroe.

Providence operates Barryroe with 50% interest and other partners are San Leon Energy (30%) and Lansdowne Oil & Gas (20%).