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Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Solo Oil Plc

Portland Extended Flow Test at Horse Hill-1

RNS Number : 0546V
Solo Oil Plc
18 July 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           

18 July 2018



("Solo" or the "Company")



Portland Extended Flow Test ("EWT") at Horse Hill-1, PEDL137, Weald Basin, UK


Solo Oil plc (LSE AIM: SOLO) is pleased to note the announcement made today by UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC - "Portland Extended Flow Test ("EWT"): Well Clean-Up Phase Complete, Dry Oil Flows to Surface, Horse Hill-1 Oil Discovery, PEDL137, Weald Basin, UK" and set out in Appendix 1 below.


The Company holds a 9.75% beneficial interest in licence PEDL137 containing the HH-1 oil discovery.


Neil Ritson, Solo's Chairman, commented:


"This is an excellent start to the extended well tests at Horse Hill and fully confirms our expectations for the productivity of the Portland reservoir. A lot more testing is planned over the coming months and we look forward to further positive updates from the operator as the test sequence progresses."

For further information:

Solo Oil plc

Neil Ritson / Dan Maling

+44 (0) 20 7440 0642



Beaumont Cornish Limited

Nominated Adviser

Roland Cornish / Rosalind Abrahams

+44 (0) 20 7628 3396


Shore Capital


Jerry Keen


Buchanan (PR)

Ben Romney / Chris Judd / Henry Wilson



+44 (0) 20 7408 4090




+44 (0) 20 7466 5000







UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC

("UKOG" or the "Company")


Portland Extended Flow Test ("EWT"): Well Clean-Up Phase Complete, Dry Oil Flows to Surface,

Horse Hill-1 Oil Discovery, PEDL137, Weald Basin, UK




·     Initial Portland well "clean-up" phase completed successfully

·     Light sweet crude oil (36 API) and associated solution gas flowed sustainably via pump and natural flow to surface over a 4-day period to date. Oil contains no metered water content (i.e. "dry oil")

·     Metered daily oil rates to date equal to or exceed 2016 values. Highest observed hourly rate equivalent to an implied daily rate of 352 barrels of oil per day ("bopd"). Corresponding metered solution gas volumes are up to an implied rate of 30,000 cu ft per day.

·     Flow has not yet been optimised for maximum sustainable flow rates

·     First tanker containing 214 barrels of dry oil exported to BP's Hamble oil terminal

·     Initial analysis indicates well productivity unaffected by 2 year shut-in period since 2016

·     Following a planned 24-hour shut in (i.e. pressure build-up test) the first of three planned Portland test sequences will commence


UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC (London AIM: UKOG) is pleased to announce that it has been informed by Horse Hill Developments Ltd ("HHDL"), the operator of the Horse Hill-1 ("HH-1") Kimmeridge and Portland oil discovery, in which UKOG holds a 32.435% beneficial interest along with licence PEDL137, that the initial well "clean-up" phase of the Portland extended well test ("EWT") programme has been completed according to plan. Over the past four days, the well has delivered a sustained dry oil and solution gas flow to surface via pump and natural flow.


Observed metered Portland flow rates to date are broadly equivalent to, or exceed, those recorded during the short duration 2016 test. The highest recorded hourly metered rate to date, equates to an implied daily rate of 352 bopd and was achieved using a 20/64" choke, a notably more restricted setting than the 64/64" choke used in 2016. Corresponding solution gas flows have been measured up to an implied rate of 30,000 cubic feet per day. Note that, to date, flow has not yet been optimised for maximum sustainable production rates, this will follow in the subsequent test sequences.


Several periods of sustained natural flow (i.e. flow to surface without pumping) have also been observed over the past few days, with the most productive period producing an implied daily dry oil rate of 228 bopd over a two-hour period.


Initial reservoir parameter analysis indicates that the Portland is performing very well compared to the productivity measured in 2016 prior to temporarily shutting in and suspending the well.


To date a total of 463 barrels of light sweet 36 API crude have been recovered to surface during the clean-up period, together with all 141 barrels of completion and kill fluids (i.e. saline water) used to suspend the well after the 2016 well test.


Forward EWT Plans


The well will now be shut in for a planned 24-hour pressure build-up test. Operations will then include further flow parameter optimisation, followed by the first of three planned flow sequences designed to assess whether the Portland oil pool contains a commercially viable volume of oil. The first test sequence will likely include an optimised maximum rate test, prior to choking back the well to provide the steady state flow conditions necessary to determine the Portland oil pool's connected oil volume.  Note that in order to collect the required data during these steady state flow periods, rates will likely be below any future optimised production rates.


Testing of each of the Kimmeridge Limestone 4 ("KL4") and KL3 oil pools will follow completion of the Portland test sequence.


Stephen Sanderson, UKOG's Executive Chairman and Chief Executive, commented:


"Test results to date have exceeded our initial expectations given the length of time the well was shut-in since 2016. Although we are in the very early stages of our 150-day test campaign at Horse Hill, the signs to date are extremely positive for the Portland oil pool. The unexpected bonus of natural oil flow to the surface, without the use of a pump, gives us cause for further optimism regarding the Portland's overall commercial potential. It is important at this stage, however, to keep our expectations at a realistic level.


The Company looks forward to further positive results from the remaining Portland test sequences and then the testing of the two deeper and higher productivity Kimmeridge Limestone oil pools. Further updates will be made throughout the test campaign."


Extended Well Test ("EWT") Overview


As the 2016 short flow test campaign established commercially viable initial flow rates for each of the Portland, KL4 and KL3 zones, the 2018 EWT's prime goal is to confirm that the wellbore is connected to a commercially viable oil volume within one or more of the three zones.


The long-term reservoir performance data is also expected to provide the necessary data to enable, for the first time, Petroleum Resources Management System compliant Kimmeridge and Portland reserve figures to be estimated at Horse Hill.


Each test sequence will include a short, optimised rate test, together with a sequence of "choked back" (i.e. reduced) steady-state flow periods necessary to obtain the data required to determine the connected oil volume within each zone. A series of associated long pressure build up tests are also planned. Oil produced from the EWT will be sold on the "spot" oil market and any revenues will be utilised to offset overall testing costs.


Qualified Person's Statement


Stephen Sanderson, UKOG's Executive Chairman and Chief Executive, 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.


For further information, please contact:


UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC

Stephen Sanderson / Kiran Morzaria                                                      Tel: 01483 243450


WH Ireland (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


Public Relations

Brian Alexander / David Bick                                                                      Tel: 01483 243450



UKOG Licence Interests


The Company has interests in the following UK licences:



UKOG's Interest

Licence Holder


Area (km2)


Avington 1



UKOG (GB) Limited

IGas Energy Plc


Field currently shut in

Broadford Bridge 3



Kimmeridge Oil & Gas Limited 4

Kimmeridge Oil & Gas Limited 4


BB-1 & 1z completed, preparing two further planning applications

Holmwood 3




Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc


Holmwood-1 exploration well planned in 2018

Horndean 1



UKOG (GB) Limited

IGas Energy Plc


Field in stable production

Horse Hill 5



Horse Hill Developments Ltd 

Horse Hill Developments Ltd 


Production tests and further appraisal well(s) scheduled for 2018

Horse Hill 5



Horse Hill Developments Ltd

Horse Hill Developments Ltd 


As above

Isle of Wight (Onshore) 2, 3






Preparing Arreton-3 oil discovery appraisal well planning submission

Markwells Wood 2



UKOG (GB) Limited

UKOG (GB) Limited


Revised drilling and testing planning application underway




1. Oil field currently in production.

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

3. Exploration asset with drillable prospects and leads. PEDL234 contains the Broadford Bridge-1 and 1z
  discovery well, the extension of the Godley Bridge Portland gas discovery plus further exploration

4. UKOG has a 100% interest in Kimmeridge Oil & Gas Limited, which has a 100% interest in PEDL234.

5. Oil discovery with successful flow test in 3 zones, further long-term testing scheduled in 2018

6. UKOG has a direct 49.9% interest in HHDL, which has a 65% interest in PEDL137 and PEDL246.



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



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