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Cairn Energy has postponed the drilling of the Spanish Point appraisal well offshore Ireland to 2015 due to rig refurbishment delays, according to its partner Providence Resources.

Providence reported on Wednesday that the well could not be drilled this year because extensive delays in the refurbishment of the Blackford Dolphin rig.

Cairn has terminated its contract with Dolphin Drilling for the Blackford Dolphin rig.

Providence CEO Tony O’Reilly said, “The postponement of appraisal drilling at Spanish Point is regrettable and beyond the control of the partnership. As the rig refurbishment delays became apparent, the operator evaluated various options to re-schedule the Blackford Dolphin rig and/or to secure another drilling unit for 2014, but this proved unsuccessful.”