UK Oil & Gas PLC (London AIM: UKOG) is pleased to announce that Pinarova-1 drilling operations commenced at 0800 local time on Friday 7th April, 2023. Drilling of 12¼ inch diameter hole down to the first casing point at a depth of around 300 metres below surface is underway and is expected to take around 8-10 days.
Following setting of 9⅝ inch casing, the well will then drill through the target Hoya section and ultimately down to a total depth of approximately 500-550 metres below surface. A UKOG geologist is on site to assist in recording geology and identifying any mobile oil to surface in drilling cuttings and or mud.
Pinarova-1, located 6 km north of the Basur-1 oil discovery, is designed to test a working hypothesis, supported by well and seismic data, that the active 41.7˚ API light oil seep found last summer in a seismic shot hole above the Pinarova structure, is directly fed by and connected to an underlying light oil accumulation of some 9 km² areal extent within Eocene Hoya group limestones, lying around 300-645 metres below surface (see RNS of 11th January 2023 and 30th June 2022).
UKOG holds a 50% non-operated interest in Pinarova-1 and the surrounding 305 km² Resan licence, which also includes the as yet undeveloped Basur-1 light oil discovery.
Qualified Person’s Statement
Matt Cartwright, UKOG’s Commercial Director, who has 39 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 / Allen D Howard
Tel: 01483 941493
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