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."