RNS Number : 2658W
UK Oil & Gas PLC
16 April 2019

UK Oil & Gas PLC

("UKOG" or the "Company")


Acquisition of Further Interest in PEDL143 Exploration Licence


UK Oil & Gas PLC (London AIM: UKOG) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding heads of terms with both Europa Oil and Gas Limited ("Europa") and Union Jack Oil plc ("Union Jack") to acquire their respective 20% and 7.5% interests in the highly prospective PEDL143 exploration licence ("Licence"). Upon completion, the Company will hold a majority operated 67.5% interest in the Licence.


The Licence contains the significant "A24" Portland and Kimmeridge oil prospect that is a direct geological look-alike to the Company's Horse Hill oil field, situated on-trend some 8 km to the east. Several smaller prospects of similar size to the nearby Brockham Portland oil field have also been identified. Work is well advanced to find a suitable drilling location that is situated outside of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ("AONB").


As previously reported in UKOG's latest Annual Report, it is the Company's strategy to hold majority interests in key operated assets, particularly those that offer significant recoverable resource potential in the same Portland and Kimmeridge reservoir targets as the Company's Horse Hill oil field.


Transaction Summary


The total considerations of £300,000 and £112,500 to Europa and Union Jack, respectively, with an effective date of 15 April 2019, will be satisfied through the issue of an aggregate total of 35,683,391 new ordinary shares in UKOG ("Consideration Shares"), with 25,951,557 and 9,731,834 Consideration Shares issued to Europa and Union Jack respectively. The Consideration Shares are calculated based upon the 5-day volume weighted average price to market close on Friday 12 February 2019 of 1.156 pence.


Completion of this acquisition, which is subject to the usual Oil and Gas Authority consent, will be announced in due course. 


Stephen Sanderson, UKOG's Chief Executive, commented:


"We are delighted to acquire this further significant share of such a highly prospective exploration Licence, which contains, in UKOG's view, one of the best undrilled Portland and Kimmeridge prospects in the Weald Basin. The proximity to UKOG's Horse Hill field, together with the Company's operational and subsurface expertise in the area, adds potentially significant operational and cost synergies to the project's overall benefit. UKOG, as the new Licence operator, will now push ahead to finalise a new well location outside of the Surrey Hills AONB.


This acquisition is in full accordance with our stated strategy of holding majority operated interests in key assets."


Qualified Person's Statement


Rob Wallace, UKOG's principal technical advisor, who has over 40 years of relevant experience in the oil industry, has approved the information contained in this announcement. Mr Wallace is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society of London, an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and a member of the South African Geophysical Society.


For further information, please contact:



Stephen Sanderson / Kiran Morzaria                                                                      Tel: 01483 900582


WH Ireland (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

James Joyce / James Sinclair-Ford                                                                           Tel: 020 7220 1666


Cenkos Securities PLC (Joint Broker)

Joe Nally / Neil McDonald                                                                                         Tel: 0207 397 8919


Novum Securities (Joint Broker)                                                                                                              

John Bellis                                                                                                                     Tel: 020 7399 9400


Public Relations

Brian Alexander / David Bick                                                                                      Tel: 01483 900582




oil field

an accumulation, pool or group of pools of oil in the subsurface that produces oil to surface. An oil field consists of a reservoir in a shape that will trap hydrocarbons and that is covered by an impermeable or sealing rock


a project associated with a potential accumulation that is sufficiently well defined to represent a viable drilling target


UKOG Licence Interests


The Company has interests in the following UK licences:




UKOG's Interest

Licence Holder


Area (km2)


Avington 1



UKOG (GB) Limited

IGas Energy Plc


Field currently temporarily shut in

Broadford Bridge 3



UKOG (234) Ltd 4

UKOG (234) Ltd 4


BB-1 & 1z oil discovery, planning application approved

A24 3






Seeking alternate sites to drill A24 and other Portland/Kimmeridge prospects

Horndean 1



UKOG (GB) Limited

IGas Energy Plc


Field in stable production

Horse Hill 5



Horse Hill Developments Ltd 

Horse Hill Developments Ltd 


Production tests ongoing, two further appraisal wells scheduled for 2019

Horse Hill 5



Horse Hill Developments Ltd

Horse Hill Developments Ltd 


As above

Isle of Wight (Onshore) 2, 3






Preparing planning submission for Arreton-3 oil appraisal well and Arreton South exploration well

Markwells Wood 



UKOG (GB) Limited

UKOG (GB) Limited


 Well plugged and abandoned




1.  Oil field currently in stable production.

2.  Oil discovery pending development and/or appraisal drilling.

3.  Exploration asset with drillable prospects and leads.

4.  Contains the Broadford Bridge-1 /1z Kimmeridge oil discovery, the eastern extension of the Godley Bridge Portland gas discovery plus further undrilled Kimmeridge exploration prospects.

5.  Oil field with three productive and commercially viable zones, EWT ongoing, two further wells HH-1z and HH-2 scheduled in Q2 2019, development underway subject to grant of planning consent, expected in Q3 2019.

6.  UKOG has a direct 77.9% interest in HHDL, which has a 65% interest in PEDL137 and PEDL246.


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