I am pleased to present the unaudited results of UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC for the six-month period ended 31 March 2016. This period has seen highly significant success and growth of our investments in the march towards monetising UKOG’s growing portfolio of conventional oil exploration and appraisal assets in the south-east of England.
We are firmly on course along our defined two-year operational programme, structured to build firmly upon the significant positive results at our Horse Hill site near Gatwick Airport in March 2016. The key first step along this journey is now underway at our Broadford Bridge drilling site.
BB-1, located near Billingshurst, West Sussex, lies within the Company’s 300 km² PEDL234 licence, operated by our wholly-owned subsidiary, Kimmeridge Oil & Gas Limited. The well, an exploration step-out, will penetrate four naturally-fractured Kimmeridge Limestone units (KL1-KL4), the uppermost two units of which flowed at a record aggregate rate of 1365 barrels of oil per day at HH-1.
The BB-1 exploration well target was purposely chosen to test a Kimmeridge geological feature that has no discernible conventional structural or stratigraphic oil trapping configuration. Consequently, in the success case, the presence of mobile oil within the Kimmeridge, would confirm beyond reasonable doubt that the naturally fractured Kimmeridge Limestone reservoir targets lie within a continuous moveable oil deposit stretching 30 plus km across the wider Weald Basin.
The well is currently drilling and coring through the uppermost Kimmeridge Limestones at an inclination of around 50 degrees to vertical and approximately 90 degrees to the predicted orientation of open natural fractures in the reservoir. As the fractures are expected to be mostly vertical, the well trajectory thus maximises the amount of fractured Kimmeridge rock encountered by the drill bit.
Drilling commenced at BB-1 at the end of May 2017, and in mid-June we began one of the most comprehensive coring programmes ever carried out in an oil exploration well in the UK. To date, we have recovered around 400 ft of 4-inch diameter core and are continuing onwards. The geological information in the core has already provided us with key new insights into the Kimmeridge reservoir and its potential commerciality.
I am delighted to inform shareholders that the discovery of light, mobile oil, seeping out of fractured Kimmeridge limestones and shales, corroborates our pre-drill prediction that both BB-1 and HH-1 are likely part of the same Kimmeridge oil deposit. The presence of such mobile oil outside of any structural or stratigraphic trapping mechanism provides significant supportive evidence that the Kimmeridge section across the central area of the Weald Basin contains a continuous oil deposit of national significance. I believe this result will be transformational for the Company.
I had the privilege, along with our key staff and operations team, to witness the first cores being brought to surface and saw, smelt and touched the oil seeping from the uppermost Kimmeridge Limestone.
Mobile light oil continued to be observed seeping from multiple sections of fractured calcareous shales and limestones within the cored Kimmeridge section. Wet gas readings also maintained high levels throughout the coring, being near identical to those seen at the HH-1 Kimmeridge Limestone oil discovery, around 30 km to the north-east.
These live oil seeps and shows, together with confirmation that both shales and limestones are fractured over multiple zones, also corroborate the findings from HH-1 that oil production was likely derived from a much larger reservoir “tank” than the two perforated and tested KL3 and KL4 reservoir zones.
Consequently, the possibility that we have encountered a single, significant naturally-fractured oil reservoir section, potentially up to 1000 ft thick and encompassing all four Kimmeridge Limestones over the wider-Weald, will now be rigorously examined during the remaining coring and subsequent flow testing. The flow testing programme is due to start around mid-July and continue into September 2017.
Significant oil seeps from early core samples: oil saturated Kimmeridge Limestones
The core samples taken to date are now undergoing extensive geological, petrophysical and geo-mechanical analysis by COREX in Aberdeen and Premier Oilfield Laboratories in Houston, Texas and Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA. Premier is one of the US’s leading exponents in the field of reservoir characterisation, well completions and optimisation in continuous oil and gas deposits.
The work at BB-1 followed the most successful fundraising in the Company’s history, illustrating great confidence in our strategy to deliver near-term commercial production from both the new Kimmeridge Limestone play and our interests in five conventional oil discoveries in the Weald Basin.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS TO DATE (during and post-period)
· Broadford Bridge-1 (“BB-1”) step-out exploration well spudded post period-end in UKOG’s 100% owned, 300 km2 PEDL234 Weald Basin licence.
· Coring of the first BB-1 Kimmeridge Limestone reservoir target has been successfully completed. Mobile light oil was observed seeping from multiple sections of fractured limestones and calcareous shales within the cores. Wet gas readings maintained high levels throughout the coring and mobile oil was also recovered from the drilling fluid. Coring continues at the time of writing, to be followed by electric logging, well completion and flow testing.
· £6.5 million raised from institutional investors via a share placing post-period end.
· 72% increase in UKOG’s total gross attributable P50 KCF OIP to 17.1 billion barrels in Weald Basin licence interests.
· 348% increase in total UKOG net attributable KL OIP to 2.4 billion barrels via PEDL234 acquisition.
· PEDL234 Kimmeridge Clay Formation (“KCF”) P50 oil in place (“OIP”) calculated by Nutech at 7.1 billion barrels, of which 1.7 billion barrels lie within Kimmeridge Limestones (“KL”).
· Planning application submitted in October for further Horse Hill-1 (“HH-1”) production testing and drilling of 2 new wells. First stable oil production target of end-2018/first quarter 2019.
· HH-1 Portland oil discovery’s OIP increased by 53% to 32 million barrels. Gross 2C contingent resources were estimated at 1.5 million barrels with further significant recoverable resource upside via early water re-injection.
· Horse Hill PEDL137 and PEDL246 Retention Areas extended by the Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) to 2021.
· Allen D Howard was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of UKOG in March. Allen is a Senior Vice Presiedent of Premier Oilfield Laboratories in Houston. Allen was previously Chief Operating officer of Nutech.
· Cenkos Securities plc were appointed as UKOG’s joint broker.
· Stable oil production continued from Horndean and Avington fields.
· Sadly, UKOG Executive Director Jason Berry died suddenly in November 2016.
INVESTMENT AND OPERATIONAL SUMMARY
BROADFORD BRIDGE: (BB-1, PEDL234 UKOG Interest 100%)
BB-1 exploration well drilling commenced post-period in UKOG’s 100% owned, 300 km2 PEDL234 licence. Continuous coring of the first reservoir target, KL4, has been completed successfully. Mobile light oil was observed seeping from multiple sections of limestones and calcareous shale within the cores. Wet gas readings maintained high levels throughout the coring and moveable live oil was also recovered from the drilling fluid. Coring continues at the time of writing.
Nutech calculated that a KCF P50 OIP of 7.1 billion barrels lies within PEDL234, of which 1.7 billion barrels lie within the KL1-KL4. This increased Company gross atributable KCF P50 OIP within its Weald Basin licence interests by 72% to 17.1 billion barrels. The PEDL234 acquistion therefore increased UKOG’s net attributable KL OIP by 348% to 2.4 billion barrels. As previously stated, Oil in place should not be construed as recoverable reserves or resources.
Within the same licence, UKOG is seeking to lease a suitable well site to drill a Godley Bridge-3 appraisal well. A planning application for appraisal drilling and well testing is being prepared.
Broadford Bridge next steps
Drilling of BB-1 will be completed, followed by wireline conveyed electric logging, well completion and flow testing. This is a key activity and a very exciting period for UKOG.
HORSE HILL: (HH-1, PEDL137 and PEDL246 UKOG interest 31.2%)
UKOG’s net interest in the Horse Hill licences now stands at 31.2%, following the purchase of Flowermay Limited’s holdings in Horse Hill Developments Ltd (“HHDL”).
A planning application was submitted in October to Surrey County Council (“SCC”) for production testing of the HH-1 Portland, KL4 and KL3 oil discovery zones, plus the testing of the previously untested deeper KL2 zone. The application also included drilling and testing of a new HH-1 sidetrack well and a further HH-2 Portland discovery appraisal well. An environmental permit application was also submitted to the Environment Agency (“EA”) for the appraisal work programme. UKOG’s target is to put HH-1 and HH-2 into production by end-2018/first quarter 2019.
Post period-end, the Horse Hill Retention Areas, which cover the entirety of licences PEDL137 and PEDL246, were extended by the Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) to 2021.
Xodus increased their estimate of the Portland oil discovery’s OIP to 32 million barrels, a 53% increase. Gross 2C contingent resources were estimated at 1.5 million barrels. Further significant recoverable resources were stated to be likely if an early Portland formation water re-injection scheme were adopted to provide reservoir pressure support.
Horse Hill next steps
Planning consent for the Horse Hill appraisal programme described above, followed by execution of the programme. In the event of a successful programme, a declaration of commerciality will be made and HHDL will apply to SCC, OGA and EA for production consent from both the Portland and KL.
HOLMWOOD: (PEDL143 UKOG interest 30%)
The operator now plans to drill and test the Holmwood-1 exploration well in the second half of 2017. The well will target both the Kimmeridge continuous oil deposit and secondary conventional Portland and Corallian sandstones.
ISLE of WIGHT: (PEDL331 UKOG interest 65%, P1916 UKOG interest 100%)
UKOG is seeking to lease a suitable well site to drill an Arreton-3 appraisal well in PEDL331. A planning application for appraisal drilling and well testing is also being prepared. OGA extended the Isle of Wight offshore licence P1916 to 31st January 2018.
MARKWELLS WOOD: (PEDL126 UKOG interest 100%)
UKOG is preparing to re-submit its planning application for a Markwells Wood appraisal well, extended flow testing and further production wells.
Horndean, Avington, Brockham and Lidsey continued stable production throughout the period.
UKOG continues to review the economics of a Baxters Copse appraisal well (PEDL233, UKOG 50%).
The retained loss for the six-month period to 31 March 2017 amounted to £1.06 million (2016: £1.26 million). This variance is attributable to the timing variance in operational activity between the two periods; we do not expect this variance to continue as we have entered a period of heightened exploration and testing in our operational strategy. These costs along with movements in working capital resulted in £0.83 million net cash being used in operating activities for the six-month period ending 31 March 2017 (2016: £ 1.93 million). During the period we increased our investments in both exploration and evaluation assets and our expenditures on oil and gas properties, which increased the cash flow outflow from investment activities to £0.65 million for the six-month period ending 31 March 2017. Netting off the proceeds from the issuance of shares the net decrease in cash and cash equivalents was £1.39 million resulting in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period of £1.05 million.
On 19 May 2017, UKOG raised £6.5 million through the placing of 812,500,000 new ordinary shares in the Company at 0.8 pence per share.
Over the next twelve-month period the Directors expect to see a number of positive developments for the Company.
· BB-1 drilling will be completed, followed by logging and well testing.
· In conjunction with HHDL, UKOG plan to return to the HH-1 well to conduct long-term well testing, and to drill two appraisal wells; this will establish the most likely expected recoverable volume of oil from the discovery.
· KOGL will progress regulatory approvals for a Godley Bridge appraisal well in the north of PEDL234.
· Europa plans to drill the Holmwood-1 exploration well (UKOG 30%)
· UKOG will resubmit its planning application for Markwells Wood appraisal drilling and production. Necessary consents will also be sought from EA.
· UKOG will continue with regulatory steps necessary to drill an appraisal well on the Arreton Main oil discovery in PEDL331.
· IGas is considering drilling an appraisal well on the Baxters Copse discovery (IGas 50% Operator, UKOG 50%).
· UKOG plans to continue to consolidate and expand its licence position in the UK onshore, particularly in its core Weald Basin Kimmeridge oil play, with additional exploration, development and production investments.
Your Board of Directors will continue to seek out further attractive investments in line with the UKOG’s investment strategy.
Qualified Person Statement
Stephen Sanderson, UKOG’s Executive Chairman, who has over 35 years of relevant experience in the oil industry, has approved the information contained in this announcement. Mr Sanderson is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
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