Once upon a time I cycled around the world – with Simon Evans the guy who reinvented the kiddies’ bike who you featured here recently – now I teach Geography in an Inner London Comp called St Paul’s Academy. (RTE made a film about it)
Sea Orbiter is a 200 foot (60m) tall aquatic exploration platform designed by French architect Jacques Rougerie on which construction begins this Spring. Capable of accommodating a team of up to 22 researchers, who will live and work underwater 24 hours a day, half the eight-story structure (which will cost €35 million to construct) is submerged with a variety of labs and living quarters for crew.
The underside features dive pits, pressurized living quarters and underwater garages. Regular divers will descend to 50 meters below the surface, while “saturation divers” living in pressurised chambers will be able to reach 100 meters. Below this depth, Sea Orbiter will deploy exploration vehicles down to 1,000 meters and an advanced diving drone that can descend to 6,000 meters.
All the known prospects and discoveries in Irish territory, with tables listing the relevant exploration companies’ own estimates for how much oil and gas these licensed areas contain.
From Dublin Shell to Sea:
Oil and gas under the areas of Ireland’s seabed already licensed to private companies is worth more than €1,600 billion (€1.6 trillion), according to the companies’ own estimates.
This research reveals the true extent of exploration in our waters. The total of the estimates issued by exploration companies for their licensed areas in Irish territory is 20,964 million (i.e. almost 21 billion) barrels of oil equivalent and belies the oil industry’s repeated claims that Ireland’s offshore is an “unproven territory” with scant exploration taking place.