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Union Jack Oil re-commences well testing at West Newton A-2 well

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Union Jack Oil plc has re-commenced the Extended Well Test (EWT) at the West Newton A-2 well site in Yorkshire, UK, and the proposed commencement of appraisal drilling operations at the West Newton B-1 well site.

?West Newton is considered one of the most important major onshore discoveries in the UK in recent decades.

The EWT operations were paused in late August 2019 following the successful drilling of the A-2 well in June in order to design a test that was better suited to evaluate the significant oil column encountered in the A-2 well, as opposed to the original intention to test predominantly gas. Operator Ratlin Energy has now filed a revised operating plan to the Environment Agency (EA) for approval. Following EA approval, the operator will notify the Oil and Gas Authority in respect of the recommencement of the EWT.

Operations at West Newton B-1 Appraisal Drilling are scheduled to begin during 2Q20. The drilling is designed to further appraise the Kirkham Abbey formation, and to test the deeper Cadeby formation at its optimum location, particularly given the encouraging results retrieved from the West Newton A-1 and A-2 wells.

David Bramhill, Executive Chairman of Union Jack, commented: “All the results to date continue to support our belief that West Newton is a large-scale, conventional, onshore oil and gas development asset. Union Jack has already met its financial commitments in respect of funding the EWT on West Newton A-2 and, with cash resources in excess of £6.5 million, we are more than adequately funded for the drilling and testing of the West Newton B-1 well and the EWT on the B-2 well.

“Outside of the West Newton work programme, we are also funded for our other committed projects in our portfolio in respect of our 2020 work programme where activity is dominated by the development of the Wressle discovery, where planning consent for the development was granted in January 2020, and also includes appraisal activity at Biscathorpe."

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