DUBLIN, Ireland -- The Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources will hold a licensing round in the Rockall basin in 2009. The acreage, west of Ireland, will cover unlicensed blocks in an area of approximately 71,900 sq km (27,761 sq mi). The area has been classified as a frontier area.
Applications for frontier exploration licenses covering blocks in the round will be invited in 4Q 2008 with a closing date for applications in 2Q 2009. The invitation to apply will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and on the department's website:http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/.