Irish oil and gas exploration firm Providence Resources has completed the drilling operations on its new X11 development well, which is located in the Weald Basin, south of England.

The X11 horizontal development well forms part of the company’s multi-well 2010 drilling program at the Singleton field, onshore UK.

The second part of the program, the drilling of the X8x multi-lateral wells, will now commence.

The X11 horizontal development well was drilled as a sidetrack to the previous X9 production well and targeted potential un-swept reserves in the northern fault block of the Singleton field.

The well was drilled to a total measured depth of 9,338MDBRT (4261′ TVDSS) and petro-physical analysis of down-hole log data indicates that the well has encountered 2,081ft of gross hydrocarbon bearing interval with 1,784ft of net pay.

Both reservoir quality and hydrocarbon saturation within the pay zone exceeded pre-drill expectations.

The well is currently being completed for production and the rig will then be moved to the X8x well where two new lateral sections are planned to be drilled from the existing production well.

The company said that once drilling operations have been completed, both wells will be brought into production.