UK Horse Hill developers seeking further appraisal drilling

Horse Hill Developments Ltd. has submitted a planning application to Surrey County Council, UK, to conduct further testing at its Horse Hill-1 (HH-1) discovery well. Originally spudded in 2014, Solo Oil PLC announced that the well flowed 1,688 bo/d from two Kimmeridge limestones and the overlying Portland sandstone during a short period of testing early this year (OGJ Online, Sep. 3, 2014). The HH-1 well is in Surrey field and is part of petroleum exploration and development license (PEDL) 137, close to Gatwich Airport.

Subject to the required regulatory approvals, the first phase of the proposed development will consist of extended production testing of four zones in HH-1. The project also will examine a previously untested Kimmeridge limestone layer. Contingent on successful testing, the joint venture partners plan to drill a deviated sidetrack well, HH-1z, from the existing HH-1 borehole, and another well, Horse Hill-2 (HH-2). The company anticipates long-term production testing for both wells once the drilling operations are completed.

Horse Hill Developments owns a 65% working interest and operatorship of the PEDL 137 and adjacent PEDL 246 licenses. Solo owns a 10% beneficial shareholding in Horse Hill Developments, equal to 6.5% net working interest in these licenses. Other stake holders in Horse Hill Developments include Alba Mineral Resources PLC, Regency Mines PLC, Solo Oil PLC, Stellar Resources PLC, Doreimus PLC, Angus Energy Ltd., and UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC. Magellan Petroleum Corp. of Denver owns the other 35% interest (OGJ Online, Aug. 6, 2014).

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