MARATHON PETROLEUM IRELAND LTD. spudded the first delineation to a Celtic Sea oil and gas strike off southern Ireland. Its 48/24-3 discovery well flowed 1,600 b/d of oil and 5.4 MMcfd of gas about 16 miles south of Kinsale Head gas field. Drilled to 8,475 ft in 331 ft of water, the well was suspended pending evaluation. It was the last of five wells Marathon committed to in order to settle a long dispute over gas pricing. Marathon has an option to drill another five wells.

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