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UK Oil & Gas PLC HH-1 and HH-2z Extended Well Test Update

23/12/2019 7:00am

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UK Oil & Gas PLC

23 December 2019

UK Oil & Gas PLC

("UKOG" or the "Company")

Horse Hill Oil Field: HH-1 and HH-2z Extended Well Test ("EWT") Update

UK Oil & Gas PLC (London AIM: UKOG) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first phase of open hole EWT and associated well clean-up at its Horse Hill-2z ("HH-2z") horizontal well, in which the Company has an 85.635% net controlling interest. During the initial clean-up phase, HH-2z achieved initial rates of up to 1,087 barrels of fluids per day and oil cuts of up to 60%, demonstrating the horizontal's ability to flow at rates significantly greater than the HH-1 vertical well. Produced oil, brought to surface via an electronic submersible pump or "ESP", has been exported to Perenco's Hamble oil terminal for onward sale at market price.

HH-2z is currently shut-in for a scheduled long duration pressure build-up test ("PBU"), during which time preparations will be finalised for a series of planned interventions to further optimise flow rates from the Portland reservoir's sweet-spot.

Whilst HH-2z continued to clean-up prior to the current shut-in, returning oil, completion and drilling fluids to surface, evidence of formation water ingress was also recorded. Consequently, an additional routine intervention is planned to shut-off the water source, currently interpreted to be from an open natural fracture in the "toe" (or far end) of the horizontal trajectory. During the "long-term production" phase, which will follow after the EWT, formation water will likely be reinjected to maintain reservoir pressure and to minimise water disposal costs.

The HH-2z interventions are planned to commence in the New Year following completion of the ongoing HH-2z PBU and will be reported in due course.

Downhole pressure gauges also confirmed that HH-2z penetrated a near virgin pressure section of the Portland oil pool. This finding has likely positive implications for the magnitude of connected oil in place and recoverable reserves seen by the field's two wells. Determining the oil volume connected to HH-2z remains a key EWT objective.

Immediately following the current HH-2z shut-in, flow lines were reconnected to HH-1 and dry Kimmeridge oil flow was resumed on 18 December at an initial half-hourly rate of 354 barrels of oil per day ("bopd") with an average daily rate of 301 bopd.

A further test spread will now be connected to permit EWT production from both HH-1 and HH-2z.

Furthermore, upon establishment of stable oil flow from HH-2z, a short HH-1 intervention is also planned to further optimise both Kimmeridge and Portland test production from the vertical wellbore.

A field development plan ("FDP") was also submitted to the Oil and Gas Authority, seeking consent for the field's planned first "long-term production" phase which will follow the conclusion of the EWT. This phase will consist of two producing wells, HH-1 and HH-2z. Subsequent phases, involving further infill production wells and a possible water reinjection well, are planned to be submitted as FDP addenda in the coming year once longer-term well behaviour is more comprehensively understood.

UKOG holds a controlling 85.635% interest in the Horse Hill oil field and surrounding highly prospective PEDL137 and PEDL246 licences, which are operated by UKOG's subsidiary company, Horse Hill Developments Ltd.

Stephen Sanderson, UKOG's Chief Executive, commented:

"Although it's still early days in the EWT campaign, we are very encouraged by the magnitude of the initial flow rates. These confirm that HH-2z's horizontal trajectory can deliver flow rates from the Portland sweet-spot that significantly exceed those delivered by the HH-1 vertical discovery well.

Our team's efforts are now firmly focused upon the routine elimination of water ingress and the continued optimisation of HH-2z's near-wellbore, both of which are designed to ensure HH-2z can deliver the best possible stable oil production rates over the coming year.

Whilst there is still much to be done, these early results, together with the timely submission of the FDP to the OGA, mean we are well on the way to delivering significant production at Horse Hill."

Qualified Person's Statement

Matt Cartwright, UKOG's Commercial Director, who has over 36 years of relevant experience in the global oil industry, has approved the information contained in this announcement. Mr Cartwright is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

For further information, please contact:

UK Oil & Gas PLC

Stephen Sanderson / Kiran Morzaria Tel: 01483 900582

WH Ireland Ltd (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

James Joyce / James Sinclair-Ford Tel: 020 7220 1666

Cenkos Securities PLC (Joint Broker)

Joe Nally / Neil McDonald Tel: 0207 397 8919

Novum Securities (Joint Broker)

John Bellis Tel: 020 7399 9400

Public Relations

Brian Alexander Tel: 01483 900582

Glossary

 
 horizontal    a well that during drilling is steered so as to 
  well          follow and remain within a particular geological 
                stratum or reservoir unit having a trajectory that 
                runs approximately parallel to the top and or base 
                of the target horizon 
 long-term     stable oil production over the life of the well 
  production    and or field during the 25 year Prodcution phase 
                of the licence. The establishment of such production 
                is subject to the OGA's consent of the Field Development 
                Plan 
              ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 oil field     an accumulation, pool or group of pools of oil 
                in the subsurface that produces oil to surface 
              ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 well test     or flow test involves testing a well by flowing 
                hydrocarbons to surface, typically through a test 
                separator; key measured parameters are oil and 
                gas flow rates, downhole pressure and surface pressure. 
                The overall objective is to identify the well's 
                capacity to produce hydrocarbons at a commercial 
                flow rate and volumes. 
              ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 

UKOG Licence Interests

The Company has interests in the following UK licences:

 
Asset                    Licence      UKOG         Licence        Operator      Area (km(2) )          Status 
                                     Interest       Holder 
                                                    UKOG            IGas                          Field currently 
Avington                                             (GB)           Energy                           temporarily 
 (1)                     PEDL070       5%          Limited           Plc            18.3               shut in 
----------------------             ----------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------------- 
                                                                                                    BB-1/1z oil 
                                                                                                     discovery, 
Broadford                                                                                           Loxley-1 gas 
 Bridge/Loxley/Godley                                                                                 appraisal 
 Bridge                                             UKOG            UKOG                            well planning 
 (2, 3,                                             (234)           (234)                            application 
 8)                      PEDL234      100%         Ltd (4)         Ltd (4)          300.0             submitted 
----------------------             ----------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------------- 
                                                                                                     Finalising 
                                                                                                 new site selection 
                                                                                                  to drill Portland 
                                                                    UKOG                           and Kimmeridge 
A24 (3)                  PEDL143      67.5%         UKOG             (7)            91.8              prospects 
----------------------             ----------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------------- 
                                                    UKOG            IGas 
Horndean                                             (GB)           Energy                        Field in stable 
 (1)                      PL211        10%         Limited           Plc            27.3             production 
----------------------             ----------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------------- 
                                                    Horse           Horse                            Production 
                                                     Hill            Hill                          tests ongoing, 
Horse Hill                                       Developments    Developments                     HH-2/2z drilling 
 (5)                     PEDL137     85.635%         Ltd             Ltd            99.3              completed 
----------------------             ----------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------------- 
                                                    Horse           Horse 
                                                     Hill            Hill 
Horse Hill                                       Developments    Developments 
 (5)                     PEDL246     85.635%         Ltd             Ltd            43.6              As above 
----------------------             ----------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------------- 
                                                                                                     Preparing 
                                                                                                 planning submission 
                                                                                                    for Arreton-3 
                                                                                                    oil appraisal 
Isle of                                                                                           well and Godshill 
 Wight (Onshore)                                                                                     exploration 
 (2, 3)                  PEDL331       95%          UKOG            UKOG            200.0               well 
----------------------             ----------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------------- 
                                                    UKOG            UKOG 
Markwells                                            (GB)            (GB) 
 Wood                    PEDL126      100%         Limited         Limited          11.2              MW-1 P&A 
----------------------             ----------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------------- 
 

Notes:

1. Oil field currently in stable production.

2. Oil discovery pending development and/or appraisal drilling.

3. Exploration asset with drillable prospects and leads.

4. Contains the Broadford Bridge-1/1z Kimmeridge oil discovery, the eastern extension of the Godley Bridge Portland gas discovery, plus further undrilled Kimmeridge exploration prospects.

5. Portland and Kimmeridge Oil field with productive and commercially viable zones, EWT ongoing, production planning consent granted in September 2019, appraisal/development drilling campaign completed. Long term production start expected late 2019.

6. UKOG has a direct 77.9% interest in HHDL, which has a 65% interest in PEDL137 and PEDL246.

7. OGA consent received for the transfer of operatorship from Europa to UKOG

8. Gas discovery pending appraisal drilling and development with underlying Kimmeridge potential

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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