Ireland will conduct its first frontier licensing round in Erris and Slyne troughs in the deep Atlantic Ocean off its northwest coast. Very little seismic surveying or drilling has taken place in the area. To give companies time to acquire data, the Irish Department of Energy has set a closing date for applications of June 30, 1993. All the open acreage in the troughs, 128 blocks, will be offered. They lie in 650-3,280 ft of water and average about 45 miles offshore.

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