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Fourth Productive Interval Identified at Wressle-1 Well, Onshore UK

March 28, 2015


Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc, the AIM quoted oil and gas company with a combination of producing and exploration assets in Europe, has informed today’s about the announcement by Egdon Resources (‘Egdon’) confirming the presence of an oil column in the Penistone Flags interval, which has produced at a rate equivalent to 77 barrels of oil per day (‘bopd’) during testing at the Wressle-1 oil discovery (‘Wressle’) on Licence PEDL 180 in East Lincolnshire (‘PEDL 180’).  This is the fourth tested interval at Wressle to produce hydrocarbons and brings the total hydrocarbons recovered from all four test intervals to 710 barrels of oil equivalent per day (‘boepd’).  Europa has a 33.3% working interest in PEDL 180, alongside Egdon (operator, 25%), Celtique Energie Petroleum Ltd (33.3%), Union Jack Oil (8.3%). 

•             Second flow test of the Penistone Flags reservoir has identified a 7.5 metre oil column (referred to as Zone 3a) below the gas leg of the upper part of the interval (Zone 3)
•             Zone 3a was perforated and a total of 98.5 barrels of oil were recovered during testing, 34.3 of which were induced by swabbing operations – this equates to approximately 77 bopd
•             The oil is of good quality with a gravity of 33o API
•             Zone 3a is the fourth test to have produced hydrocarbons at Wressle during testing operations:
o             the Ashover Grit - 80 bopd and 47 thousand cubic feet of gas per day (‘mcfd’), free flow;
o             the Wingfield Flags - up to 182 bopd and 0.456 million cubic feet of gas per day (‘mmcfd’), free flow;
o             Zone 3 of the Penistone Flags - up to 1.7 mmcfd and up to 12 bopd, free flow;
o             Zone 3a of the Penistone Flags - 77 bopd, swabbed
•             An aggregate 710 boepd has been recovered from all payzones during testing operations
•             Down-hole pressure data recorded during testing and oil sample data will be interpreted and integrated with the data obtained from the previous three flow tests
•             The results will facilitate the design of the Extended Well Test (‘EWT’) programme necessary to quantify the production levels that could be attained from pumped production and inform field development options
o             EWT is expected to commence in May 2015 for a period of two months
•             All data gathered from the test operations will be used to fully evaluate the Wressle discovery which will allow an updated resource assessment to be included in the Competent Person’s Report covering Europa’s portfolio of assets in offshore Ireland, onshore France and onshore UK – this is due in H1 2015
Europa’s CEO, Hugh Mackay said, “The Wressle discovery has now flowed hydrocarbons from all four intervals tested.  This is an excellent result and we are now working with Egdon to plan for an EWT later this year to optimise production from the field.  Thanks to our 33% interest in the well and the production rates achieved so far in testing, Wressle has the potential to materially increase Europa’s existing UK production and revenues.
“In addition, the discovery has positive implications for the level of our reserves and resources, which will be reflected in a Competent Person’s Report (‘CPR’) in H1 2015.  This CPR will cover both our UK assets and our Irish licences in the South Porcupine Basin where gross mean un-risked prospective resources of up to 1.5 billion barrels of oil have already been identified by our partner Kosmos Energy (KOS).  I look forward to providing further updates on our progress in due course.”

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