Horse Hill Field Granted Long-Term Production Consent by OGA
UK Oil & Gas PLC (London AIM: UKOG) is pleased to announce that the Oil and Gas Authority has approved the Horse Hill Field Development Plan and consented to the start of long-term production ("Production") from the field.
This key consent will enable net recoverable reserves to be allocated to the Company, a pre-requisite for future potential debt-based funding. It will also permit the Company to enter into long-term field operations contracts which can help reduce operating costs below $19 per barrel, making the field more profitable even at current low oil prices.
Portland oil pool Production will commence via Horse Hill-1 ("HH-1"), with Kimmeridge Production planned to be added in late spring via a conversion of the well to a dual completion. Production from HH-2z is planned to follow upon completion of the current extended well testing campaign.
UKOG holds a controlling 85.635% interest in the Horse Hill oil field and surrounding highly prospective PEDL137 and PEDL246 licences, which are operated by UKOG's subsidiary company, Horse Hill Developments Ltd.
Stephen Sanderson, UKOG's Chief Executive, commented:
"This is an important regulatory milestone, granting governmental Production consent. The Company can now focus firmly upon maximising stable production, reducing operating costs and generating positive cash flow. The ability to book reserves also opens the way to potential debt funding, a positive step towards both creation and preservation of shareholder value."
UK Oil & Gas PLC (London AIM: UKOG), announces that, in relation to the £5.5 million financing announced on 7 August 2019 ("Loan"), it has received a notice from Riverfort Global Opportunities PCC Limited and YA II PN Ltd ("Investors") to convert £150,000 of the Loan into UKOG shares.
The Company has today allotted 28,126,758 new ordinary shares to the Investors ("Investor Shares"). The Investor Shares will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing ordinary shares. It is anticipated that the Investor Shares will be admitted to trading on AIM on or around 21 February 2020 ("Admission"). After today's conversion, the Loan's balance has reduced to £3 million.
Following Admission of the Investor Shares, the Company's issued share capital will comprise 7,421,395,360 ordinary shares. As the Company does not hold any shares in treasury, this figure of ordinary shares may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change in their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.
A summary of the loan terms can be seen in the Company's previous announcements on 27 September 2019 and 12 February 2020.