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Operational Update: Further Progress at Podere Gallina

Highlights:

  • Operator Po Valley Energy has submitted an application for a production concession on the Podere Gallina licence
  • Planned facilities will be capable of producing at up to 150,000 cubic metres of gas per day
  • Important milestone in moving the 41m net gas pay encountered in the Podere Maiar 1 well closer to production
  • 3D seismic programme proposed in late 2018 / 2019 to progress additional targets within the production concession

 

United Oil & Gas Plc, the London Stock Exchange listed oil and gas exploration and development company, is pleased to confirm that Po Valley Limited, operator of the Podere Gallina Exploration licence, has submitted the production concession application to develop the high return Selva gas field.  United holds a 20% interest in the Podere Gallina licence.

The Podere Maiar discovery was announced by United in January. The drilling results from the PM1 well delineated two gas bearing reservoirs (with a combined gross sand interval of 62m and a net pay of 41m).   The strong flow rates at the discovery, allied to the fields proximity to existing gas infrastructure

Under the first phase of the development plan submitted today, Po Valley will install a fully automated gas plant at the existing Selva/Podere Maiar 1dir well site at a cost of EUR2.4m and run a one kilometre long pipeline to connect with the nearby Italian National Grid connection. Based on dynamic reservoir studies, the field development is designed to produce in the first phase at a rate of up to 150,000 cubic metres (5.3 mmscf/day) a day from successfully tested C1 and C2 production levels in the Medium-Upper Pliocene sands of the Porto Garibaldi Formation.

In the second phase of the development (contingent on 3D seismic results), additional wells would be drilled in the field's highly prospective Selva East, Selva South Flank, and Riccardina prospects, all of which fall within the production concession application area. Following the success of the Podere Maiar 1dir Well in January this year, 3D seismic will be acquired (subject to JV approval) across these areas in the second half of 2018 or early 2019 with a view to significantly increase the size of the Selva natural gas resource.

The Selva production concession application will now be considered for preliminary award at the next Italian Ministry Hydrocarbon Commission meeting expected in July. In the interim the operator, Po Valley, will prepare EIA documentation so as to be able to commence the next stage of environmental approval pending preliminary award.

 

United Oil & Gas Plc CEO, Brian Larkin, said, "

"We are delighted with the excellent progress being made in relation to our first commercial discovery, Podere Maiar.  Today's announcement moves us along the path to production at this discovery.  It also gives proof of the additional prospectivity that this licence offers.  We will be working with the operator to design a programme of seismic activity for later this year and early 2019, with the goal of identifying additional drilling targets. 

"The timing of this announcement, following on from our recent success in the 30th UK Licencing Round, is further evidence of our commitment to delivering for shareholders.  We are continuing to grow and develop our asset base and we look forward to further positive announcements in the weeks and months ahead."

 

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