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29th August 2019

West Newton Operations and Technical Update

Well test operations at the West Newton site have been suspended pending the analysis of the data acquired to date during the drilling and testing of the well.

The well has been temporarily suspended and the test equipment is being demobilised from the site.

Once demobilisation is complete, Piper’s Lane and Fosham Road will be re-opened to all traffic.

Further operational plans will be informed and communicated following the evaluation of the drilling and testing data.

Highlights

  • Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited (“Rathlin”) and project partners now believe that the West Newton project represents a significant oil and gas discovery rather than a pure gas discovery as originally thought.
  • Evaluation of the West Newton A-2 open hole data has identified an estimated gross hydrocarbon column of approximately 65 metres in the Kirkham Abbey Formation.
  • Initial petrophysical evaluation identifies a gross oil column of approximately 45 metres underlying a gross gas column of approximately 20 metres within the Kirkham Abbey interval.
  • With the indication of a potentially significant oil column, the Extended Well Test (“EWT”) has been temporarily suspended in order to review and revise the well test design to deliver the necessary test information to validate this potentially important onshore resource.
  • Following the integration and evaluation of the core, petrophysical, seismic and test data, the Operator and partners intend to commission a revised CPR to re-assess volumetrics and revise NPV10 values based on the information acquired from the West Newton A-2 well.

The West Newton A-2 well was drilled as an appraisal of the West Newton A-1 discovery well. Based on the results of the West Newton A-1 well, a Best Estimate Contingent Resource of 189 Bcfe of gas was identified in a Competent Persons Report (“CPR”) compiled by Deloitte and dated 1 June 2017.

The West Newton A-2 well was spud on 26 April 2019 and on 9 June 2019 reached a total depth (“TD”) of 2061 metres. A full suite of open hole logs was run and 28 metres of core were successfully cut and recovered from the Kirkham Abbey Formation.

Initial open hole information indicated that in many respects the zone penetrated was consistent with that encountered in the West Newton A-1 well, however, the West Newton A-2 well indicated the presence of both gas and oil in the reservoir as opposed to a pure gas project as originally thought.

Evaluation of the West Newton A-2 open hole data has identified an estimated gross hydrocarbon column of approximately 65 metres in the Kirkham Abbey Formation. Based on the previously described data in conjunction with cuttings analysis and mudlogging data, a cased hole pulsed-neutron tool was run across the Kirkham Abbey zone as a means to differentiate and confirm fluid saturations.

Initial petrophysical evaluation identifies a gross oil column of approximately 45 metres underlying a gross gas column of approximately 20 metres within the Kirkham Abbey interval. The West Newton A-2 well exhibits encouraging porosities on logs and in core, particularly in the identified oil zone where in excess of 30 metres of porosity has been measured. The core also exhibits natural fracturing which is confirmed by an imaging log run across the entire Kirkham Abbey interval.

The cased hole logging and completion programmes were initiated on 6 August 2019 followed by well test operations which commenced on 20 August 2019. With the indication of a potentially significant oil column, the Extended Well Test (“EWT”) has been temporarily suspended, in order to review and revise the well test design to deliver the necessary test information to validate this potentially important onshore resource.

Additionally, the West Newton A-2 well data provides a good tie to the high quality three component 3D seismic volume that covers the entire West Newton project. The new data allows for a revised interpretation of the seismic volume incorporating the well and the newly identified gas over oil gross hydrocarbon column.

Following the integration and evaluation of the core, petrophysical, seismic and test data, Rathlin and partners intend to commission a revised CPR to re-assess volumetrics and revise NPV10 values based on the information acquired from the West Newton A-2 well.

 


 

22nd August 2019

West Newton Operations Update

The flow testing of the WNA-2 well commenced earlier today.

The well test programme is scheduled to continue for the next 4-8 weeks.

The necessary regulatory permissions and consents are in place for this test.

Additional information regarding the test programme will be made available once the relevant data has been collected and analysed.

 


 

12th August 2019

West Newton Update

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited began mobilising a service rig and associated testing equipment to the West Newton A site today (12 August 2019).

Over the coming days, the West Newton A-2 well will be equipped for the perforation/completion of a select interval within the Kirkham Abbey conventional reservoir.

The well test equipment will be spotted, assembled and commissioned in preparation for well testing operations.

Once the well test operations have commenced, they are anticipated to run over the next 4-8 weeks, 24 hours per day.

The information gathered during the well test operations will aid in evaluation of the Kirkham Abbey reservoir and help inform any further programme of work in the area.

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s planning permission and EA permits provide for the drilling and testing of two wells at the West Newton A site.

Permissions are also in place for the construction of the West Newton B site and the drilling and testing of two additional wells.

Separate planning permissions, environmental permits and OGA approvals would be required for any field development and production.

 


 

6th August 2019

West Newton Update

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited mobilised a wireline unit and associated equipment to the West Newton-A wellsite today.

The wireline unit will be used to conduct some logging within the cased wellbore prior to the main phase of the testing operation.

For safety reasons, Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited has enforced the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order, to close the extent of Piper’s Lane and Fosham Road along with parts of the footpaths leading to the roads, which has been issued by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. For more information regarding the road closure, please see the West Newton A-2 Update published within the news section of www.rathlin-energy.co.uk on 15 June 2019. Any queries regarding the road closure should be directed to East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Highways Department on 01482 393939.

The testing operation is planned to take approximately 4-8 weeks and the road closure will remain in place for the duration of these works.

 


 

24th July 2019

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited West Newton A-2 update

Following the successful drilling of the West Newton A-2 well, Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited, (Rathlin), is progressing plans to test WNA-2 in accordance with the existing planning permission.

Based on the analysis of the data gathered while drilling, it is uncertain whether the well may flow oil or gas, or a combination of both. Furthermore, the composition of the hydrocarbons would need to be determined during the well test.

Given the uncertainty of the hydrocarbon composition, and to ensure that Rathlin has the appropriate consents in place, an application has been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for a Hazardous Substances Consent which would allow for the storage of up to 199 tonnes of crude oil which falls in category P5b.

The Hazardous Substances Consent would not be required if controlled quantity thresholds are not exceeded. This is 50 tonnes for oil with a composition classified within category P5b.

During the well test, any gas flowed to surface will be incinerated onsite in an enclosed burner and any produced oil will be transported by a licenced haulier to a local refinery.

The well test should take approximately 4-8 weeks to complete. Initial works to set up the well test will be undertaken during daytime hours (07:00-18:00) and the flow testing operations will be conducted 24-hours a day.

The current planning permission for the WNA site is a temporary permission which allows for the drilling and testing of up to two wells but does not provide for the continued production of hydrocarbons after the well test.

Any future plans for the site would be determined based on the information gained through the well test and obtaining the necessary regulatory permissions.

 


 

27th June 2019

West Newton A-2 Update

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited has recently completed the drilling operations at the West Newton A site. The West Newton A-2 well was drilled to a total depth of 2,061 m MD into the top of the Westphalian Coal Measures. 28 metres of core was cut and recovered from the primary objective Kirkham Abbey reservoir and wireline logs were also acquired over the formation. The well has been cased and cemented to total depth and has been temporarily suspended, pending further evaluation.

The drilling rig and associated equipment have been demobilised from the site. Fosham Road/Piper’s Lane, and the associated footpaths, have been re-opened to the public.

The information acquired while drilling is currently being analysed to inform a well testing programme. Planning permission is in place for an extended well test. Any proposed testing programme would involve much less equipment on site than that required for the drilling programme.

Recent articles in the local media and market releases from Rathlin’s partners describing potentially the largest onshore hydrocarbon discovery since 1973, have many people in the local area naturally wanting to understand what the development of a commercial oil or gas field in the area might involve.

We believe that speculating on the nature and size of a commercial development is premature at this stage, but early signs are encouraging. Firstly, the West Newton A-2 well must be completed and tested to gauge the productive potential for oil or gas from the Kirkham Abbey reservoir.

Secondly, following the testing of the West Newton A-2 well, additional drilling at a new site (West Newton B) will be undertaken to establish the areal extent and continuity of the reservoir formation.

Oil and gas, by their nature, would have different implications in terms of any potential development.

Gas is typically gathered from wellsites and delivered by underground pipelines to local facilities or the national grid. Oil or other produced fluids may be trucked from sites to local facilities.

The number and location of potential sites and number of wells per site required to develop a field would depend on a number of factors including East Riding planning permissions, Environment Agency permits, development plan approval by the Oil and Gas Authority, surface factors such as the location of residences, businesses and road networks and subsurface factors such as reservoir areal extent and effective reservoir drainage.

Until the West Newton A-2 well is tested and we have an understanding of its productive capability it is premature to speculate on what any potential development may involve.
Once the testing operation commences it will take approximately 4-8 weeks. During operations the site will be manned by both operational and security personnel.

Once test results are available and have been analysed, we will update our local neighbours and discuss the implications of those test results.

At this time, Rathlin’s planning permissions and EA permits allow for testing the wells at the West Newton A site. Any further drilling or production is not permitted and has not been applied for. Current planning permission and EA permits for the West Newton B site allow for site construction, drilling and testing of 2 wells. Additional drilling or production is not permitted and has not been applied for.

 


 

17th June 2019

West Newton update:

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is pleased to announce that the West Newton A-2 well has reached a total depth of 2,061 metres in the top of the Westphalian Coal Measures.

Initial results are encouraging. 28 metres of core was cut and recovered in the Kirkham Abbey reservoir formation. Wireline logs have also been acquired.

The well has been cased and cemented to total depth and will now be temporarily suspended, pending further evaluation.

Over the next week the drilling rig and associated equipment will be demobilised from site.

The information acquired while drilling will now be analysed to inform a potential well testing programme. Planning permission is in place for an extended well test.

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited would like to thank nearby neighbours for their understanding during the drilling phase.

 


 

15th June 2019

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), restricting access on Fosham Road and Piper’s Lane, has been processed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Highways Department and will come into effect on 1st July 2019 (when the current ‘Emergency Order’ expires).

The TRO will be in place for up to 18 months, but access to the route will only be restricted when the West Newton A site is operational.

The TRO enables local residents and businesses to access their properties as well as the emergency services.

The TRO also restricts access to footpaths surrounding Fosham Road and Piper’s Lane (at a distance of approx. 100 metres) for a period of six months. These changes will temporarily affect walkers, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

 


 

10th June 2019

Fosham Road and Piper’s Lane road closure

On Monday 10 June 2019, East Riding of Yorkshire Council issued an emergency road closure for the ‘Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic’ for Piper’s Lane and Fosham Road.

The closure is due to the likelihood of danger to the public, or of serious damage to the road, not attributable to operations.

Recently, Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited has witnessed a number of incidents which have put road users in danger and, to mitigate against this, has applied to close the road.

The road closure will be administered by traffic management personnel contracted to Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited and access will be maintained at all times for pedestrian and vehicles to properties directly affected by the closure and for the emergency services. However, the route will be closed to all other persons whether on foot, pedal cycle, horseback or any other vehicle. This is not a through road and therefore there is no alternative route.

The Order covers the full extent of Piper’s Lane, Marton and Fosham Road, Withernwick together with parts of the footpaths adjoining the highways (approximately 100 metres). The closure will continue for a period of twenty-one (21) days to 30 June 2019. It is an offence to contravene a Road Traffic Order.

If you have any questions, please contact Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited via www.rathlin-energy.co.uk or call the office on: 0207 2689860. Alternatively, you can speak with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Highways Customer Care Team on: 01482 393939.

 


 

26th April 2019

The West Newton A-2 appraisal well, targeting the Kirkham Abbey Shoal and Cadeby Reef formations, was spud at 01:45am on Friday 26 April 2019.

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is the well operator and has a working interest of 66.67% in PEDL183.

The well will be drilled to a total depth of approximately 2,061 metres below ground level.

This phase of operations is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete.

 


 

12th April 2019

This week, Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited mobilised the drilling rig and associated equipment to the West Newton site.

As of 13 April 2019, operations on the site will be suspended pending the arrival of additional equipment.

The site will be continuously manned by security and rig personnel.

Once site operations recommence they will continue 24-hours a day for approximately eight weeks.

We appreciate peoples’ understanding of our work and we aim to keep disruption to our neighbours to a minimum.

 


 

8th April 2019

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited has [today] started the mobilisation of the main drilling rig to the West Newton A site on Fosham Road to drill the West Newton A-2 well. This phase of operations will involve a typical oil and gas well drilling rig ~35 metres in height (pictured below) and associated equipment.

The borehole will be drilled, cased and cemented to a depth of approximately 2,000 metres to evaluate two conventional reservoir formations in the Permian section. Previous data gathered during the drilling of the West Newton A-1 well indicate the potential for gas and oil in these reservoir formations.

The site will be manned at all times by security and drilling personnel.

Once the main drilling operation begins, it will take approximately eight weeks during which time the site will be active for 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

On completion of the main borehole drilling, the well will either be suspended pending further testing or plugged and abandoned if unsuccessful.

The West Newton Community Liaison group, which consists of Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited personnel and representatives from the local community, meet to discuss the company’s operations and any concerns. Notes from these meetings are published on this website in the Yorkshire section.

 


 

4th December 2018

Update: West Newton A site

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is pleased to announce that East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee approved the extension of the permission for the West Newton A site, for a further three years, until 19 November 2021. The company plans to drill its next conventional well from the existing West Newton A site. The West Newton A-2 well will follow up on the WNA-1 gas discovery, and will drill to a depth of approximately 2,000m to test the conventional Permian carbonate reservoirs. The deeper (3,000m) shale layers play no part in Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s programme of works which for clarity does not involve shale gas.

 


 

5th November 2018

News Update

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is pleased to confirm that a farmin agreement has been signed with Union Jack Oil plc (“Union Jack”) and Humber Oil and Gas Limited (“Humber”) regarding a partnership in PEDL183.

The terms of the proposal would see Union Jack and Humber each acquire a 16.665% working interest in PEDL183, subject to the approval of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited would remain as the operator of PEDL183.

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is also pleased to confirm that it has secured an additional £3MM equity investment from Reabold Resources Plc. (“Reabold”), subject to completion of the Union Jack and Humber farmin.

The Reabold investment, together with the farmin, will fund the drilling of an appraisal well on the conventional West Newton Permian carbonate gas discovery, in Q1 2019.

Shale gas and fracking form no part of Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s drilling and appraisal programme.

The resource estimates and financial figures quoted in the Union Jack and Reabold press releases on November 5th 2018 are consistent with Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s Competent Person’s Report (CPR) prepared by Deloitte LLP and Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s internal estimates.

The Union Jack and Reabold press releases can be found on their respective websites.

 


 

3rd October 2018

PEDL183 Update

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is pleased to confirm that the company is currently in discussions with Union Jack Oil plc (“Union Jack”) and Humber Oil and Gas Limited (“Humber”) regarding a partnership in PEDL183.

The terms of the proposal could see Union Jack and Humber each acquire a 16 2/3 % working interest in PEDL183, subject to finalising deal terms and the approval of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited would remain as the operator of PEDL183.

Resource estimates and financial figures quoted in Union Jack’s press release (http://unionjackoil.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/UJ_RathlinOpportunityPres_Oct2018.pdf) on October 3rd 2018 are consistent with Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s Competent Person’s Report (CPR) prepared by Deloitte LLP and Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s internal estimates.

 


 

10th September 2018

West Newton A Update

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited will be seeking an extension to its planning permission for the West Newton A site. The details are expected to be published by East Riding of Yorkshire Council sometime this week (week commencing 10 September 2018).

 


 

12th July 2018

PEDL 183 Update

Rathlin’s work programme for PEDL 183, issued by the OGA, has recently been updated as noted:

 


 

1st August 2016

West Newton B Update

The Environment Agency has issued Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited (Rathlin) with environmental permits that form part of the necessary permissions required to undertake activities associated with drilling and well testing operations proposed for the West Newton B wellsite. These permits include standard rules RSR and Oil Storage permits and a bespoke Mining Waste permit not including a waste facility. The incineration of natural gas and the discharge of clean surface run-off water are permitted within the bespoke Mining Waste permit. These permits contain a pre-operational condition that must be satisfied prior to commencement of drilling operations and two additional conditions that must be satisfied prior to commencement of well testing operations. Specific information regarding these permits will be available on the Environment Agency’s public register of data.

There are a number of other regulatory authorities whose requirements also need to be satisfied prior to project commencement, including the discharge of planning conditions set by East Riding of Yorkshire within the June 2015 planning permission for the West Newton B site, notification of the Health and Safety Executive and well consent from the Oil and Gas Authority.
The granting of these environmental permits brings Rathlin a step closer to starting work at West Newton B later in the year.

Plans have been developed to keep the effects of all operations upon local communities to a minimum. Traffic management will play an important part in this and a plan is in place, which will reduce the local impact for the very short period of the exploratory operations.
Below is the Environment Agency’s press release.

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1 August 2016

Rathlin is granted permits for exploratory drilling site in East Yorkshire

The Environment Agency has granted environmental permits to allow Rathlin to carry out exploratory drilling at a site in East Yorkshire.

The decision follows a rigorous assessment of Rathlin Energy UK Ltd’s proposals, as well as all comments submitted during a public consultation.

The company is proposing to drill a well for conventional gas exploration, to burn any gas produced during the drilling or testing of the well in a flare, and to discharge clean surface water from the site. The company has not applied to carry out fracking, and the permits do not allow fracking to take place.

The permits set out the conditions that Rathlin must follow in order to protect groundwater, surface water and air quality and to ensure the safe storage, management and disposal of waste materials.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “After completing a thorough assessment of Rathlin’s application and all of the responses to our public consultation, we are confident that these environmental permits set out the right conditions to ensure that people and the environment are protected.

“We will stringently enforce the conditions of the permits to ensure that waste is managed properly and local water resources are protected.”

ENDS

For media enquiries please call the Yorkshire press office on 0800 9179243
Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
This number can be used out of hours for urgent enquiries only

Email us: Communications_Yorkshire@environment-agency.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @EnvAgencyYNE
Visit our website: www gov.uk/environment-agency
Read our blog: environmentagency.blog.gov.uk

 


 

CRAWBERRY HILL UPDATE

1st August 2016

The Environment Agency has confirmed that Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s environmental permits at Crawberry Hill have now been surrendered. The company will now implement the five year aftercare programme at the site. The Environment Agency’s press release is included below.

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1 August 2016

Former drilling site restored to agricultural land

A redundant exploratory drilling site in East Yorkshire has been restored to its previous state of agricultural land.

The Environment Agency has accepted the surrender of the environmental permit for the well site at Crawberry Hill, near Beverley, after Rathlin Energy UK Ltd decided to discontinue using the borehole.

Rathlin built the well pad and drilled a borehole as part of its oil and gas exploration work in Yorkshire, although the borehole was not used to produce oil or gas and it is no longer required by the company.

The operator’s environmental permit for this site, issued by the Environment Agency, required the site to be fully restored before the permit could be surrendered.

The company has decommissioned the borehole in line with HSE regulations, removed the well pad, and landscaped the land in line with the agricultural environment in which it sits.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “Our permitting process is designed to ensure that oil and gas operations do not put the environment or communities at risk of harm. The rules apply for the lifetime of the permit – and when Rathlin decided not to continue using this borehole, it had to demonstrate that the site had been properly restored. This has now been done to a satisfactory standard.”

ENDS

For media enquiries please call the Yorkshire press office on 0800 9179243
Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
This number can be used out of hours for urgent enquiries only

Email us: Communications_Yorkshire@environment-agency.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @EnvAgencyYNE
Visit our website: www gov.uk/environment-agency
Read our blog: environmentagency.blog.gov.uk

 


 

CRAWBERRY HILL UPDATE

12th April 2016

The restoration work at the Crawberry Hill site has now been completed.

These are pictures of how the site now looks:

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The next step is for East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning department to visit the site before we formally relinquish the environmental permits to the Environment Agency – a process that is estimated to take six to eight weeks.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has now closed out the Temporary Road Order (the speed restriction) along Walkington Heads and we have taken some soil samples from the site surface which will be analysed as part of the site closure plan. The field will then be subject to a comprehensive five-year aftercare programme.

 


 

West Newton A Update

26th November 2015

Natural Gas Discovery at West Newton Confirmed

A spokesperson for Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited, said: “We are pleased that the planning committee was minded (unanimously) to approve our planning application for an extension at West Newton A. The well we drilled there discovered natural gas. We believe this to be firm evidence of a potentially significant gas field in the Permian Kirkham Abbey formation. The approval today is an important step in our programme of operations to determine whether the gas discovery has commercial potential. We will continue to carry out our works in accordance with our permits.”

 


 

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