Europa Oil & Gas License Extension in the Weald Basin

Published Jun 27, 2016
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Europa Oil & Gas - Weald Basin
PEDL143 is located in an area of the Weald Basin where 30 million barrels have been produced to date from 14 oil and gas fields (illustration: Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc)

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc, the AIM listed oil and gas exploration, development and production company focused on Europe, has announced it has received notification from the Oil & Gas Authority that the PEDL 143 License in the Weald Basin, Surrey, UK, has been extended by 2 years until 1 October 2018. This will enable Europa to drill the conventional Holmwood prospect, which has estimated gross mean unrisked prospective resources of 5.6 million barrels of oil (mmbo) in Portlandian and Corallian sandstones and a P90 to P10 range of resources of 1 to 11mmbo, in late 2016 / H1 2017, subject to funding.

PEDL143 is located in an area of the Weald Basin where 30 million barrels have been produced to date from 14 oil and gas fields. The Holmwood prospect is located 5 kilometres to the south of the Brockham oil field, which was discovered by BP in 1987 and currently produces oil from Portlandian sandstone reservoirs. Holmwood is also 12 km to the west of the Horse Hill-1 well in PEDL137 where UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC has reported production at a combined average stable rate of over 1,688 bopd from Upper and Lower Kimmeridge Limestone reservoirs and Upper Portland sandstone reservoir during flow tests.

Planning permission is in place for a deviated exploration well to be drilled at Holmwood which will penetrate similar stratigraphy to Horse Hill, targeting oil in Upper and Lower Kimmeridge Limestones in addition to Corallian and Portlandian sandstones. The 5.6 mmbo gross mean unrisked prospective resources at Holmwood do not include any estimate for the Jurassic limestones which have been found to be producing in Horse Hill. Subject to approval from the Oil & Gas Authority for the farm out to Union Jack Oil (UJO), Europa will have a 32.5% interest in, and operatorship of, PED L143 alongside Egdon Resources (18.4%), Altwood Petroleum (1.6%), Warwick Energy (10%), UKOG (30%), and UJO (7.5%).

Europa CEO Hugh Mackay says, “The licence extension was necessary to drill the 5.6mmbo Holmwood prospect in late 2016/H1 2017. We are looking forward to drilling this conventional prospect which we rate as having a one in three chance of success, as we focus on further growing our UK onshore production, which is on track to more than double to in excess of 250 bopd in H2 2016 when the Wressle discovery comes on stream.”

Tags: Atwood Petroleum, Egdon Resources, Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc, Union Jack Oil, Warwick Energy


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