Horse Hill Kimmeridge flow test exceeds 2016 results, says UKOG
Horse Hill oil site near Gatwick Airport, October 2018. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent
The Horse Hill oil site in Surrey looks increasingly likely to be one of the UK’s leading onshore producing fields, its leading investor said this afternoon.
UK Oil and Gas plc, announcing results from extended well tests, said flow rates from one section of the Kimmeridge Limestone was higher than that achieved two years ago.
The company said the Kimmeridge Limestone (KL) 3 zone had produced continuous oil rates of 563-771 barrels of oil per day (bopd). This flow was recorded over 24 hours and was above the rate of 464 bopd measured over 7.5 hours during initial tests in 2016, UKOG said.
In a statement to investors, UKOG said four tankers of the KL3 crude had been sent to the Fawley oil refinery in Hampshire. Gas rates reached up to 186,000 cubic feet per day, it added.
UKOG’s chief executive, Stephen Sanderson, said:
“Whilst these are early days in the planned KL3 EWT [Extended Well Test] sequence, with the well still “cleaning-up”, the continuous and sustained high oil rates can only be seen as highly encouraging for the overall EWT objective of establishing the commerciality of the Kimmeridge.
“The Directors consider that these positive KL3 test results now make it increasingly likely that both the Kimmeridge and Portland oil pools are set to make Horse Hill one of the UK’s leading onshore producing oil fields.
“Permanent production at Horse Hill is targeted in 2019.”
The statement said the crude oil from the KL3 extended well test was a light 40-41o API. It flowed continuously to the surface, without the need for a pump, for 50 hours.
It said the test had produced no formation water, unlike the recent well test at Balcombe (see DrillOrDrop report). The water extracted from the well was wholly returned heavy completion brine.
It also suggested that the KL3 and KL4 zones were one single connected oil pool, extending vertically to 358ft.
UKOG said it would test the KL4 zone next. This reported a rate of 901 bopd during a four-hour period in 2016.
10/10/18 Typo corrected to “completion brine”
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Great news Ruth Hayhurst.Paul seaman .For home grown oil for UK plc .Local jobs and did Ukog not say they would give a % of profits to local economy.Win Win .And no fracking and no importing from half way around the world .Is that not Eco friendlier all protestors??
What wonderful news. Lots of money for the local economy and shareholders and, of course, it is not a fracking site either
What we have here is world class oil field onshore .So cheap to produce.To take over from north sea oil which is declining rapidly Which was very expensive to produce offshore .And the decommissioning start of North Sea oil field .Great news for UK plc .Local jobs and income for Weald valley .We are all going to be rich .Win Win for all