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Angus Energy: approval for drilling of second production well at Lidsey oilfield

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West Sussex County Council have now approved details under the provision of the planning consent for the proposed drilling of the second well, the new Lidsey-X2 onshore production well at the Lidsey oilfield (PL241) near Bognor Regis in the south of the UK.

Angus Energy has planning consent for the development and operation of a three wellhead and beam pump oil production facility plus ancillary works at its Lidsey oilfield. As permitted by the site planning consent, the first well has already been drilled at the site (Lidsey-X1) and the tophole/cellar completed and installed to enable a second well to be drilled (Lidsey-X2). This second well has not yet been drilled and is planned to be drilled to a depth of approximately 1000 m and will target the upper crest of the Great Oolite reservoir that has until being suspended in February 2016 produced oil from the Lidsey-X1 well which was first discovered in 1987. Lidsey-X2 will also assess the Kimmeridge formation which is located above the Great Oolite reservoir.

Under the provisions of the site planning consent, Condition 8 requires prior approval by West Sussex County Council of details of the drilling rig and equipment and the period of their use to drill additional wells. West Sussex County Council have now approved details under the provision of the extant planning consent for the proposed drilling of the second well together with their approval for a new site security fence and new site administration facilities comprising offices, toilets and mess facilities.

There is no change to the Company’s earlier guidance with regards to operations at its Brockham oilfield.

Jonathan Tidswell-Pretorius, the Company's Chairman, commented:

“We welcome the news from West Sussex County Council. The Lidsey-X2 well fully aligns with our business plan of providing low cost, low geological risk, long term conventional oil production.

Lidsey-X2 will target the upper crest of the producing Great Oolite reservoir and will also pass through the Kimmeridge layers allowing us to electronically log the layers and sample the drill cuttings for a detailed comparison to the encouraging results Angus encountered at Brockham-X4Z.

Subject to Environmental Agency consent and approval from the Health and Safety Executive for Lidsey-X2 (both are in process), we will ask the Oil and Gas Authority for consent to drill Lidsey-X2”

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