The decision document, received on 24 April from the Environment Agency, grants a variation to the permit for the West Newton A site and associated WNA-2 testing operations. This variation will allow Rathlin to use mechanical methods (pumpjack/nodding donkey) for lifting wellbore fluids and for the utilisation of a smaller incineration unit during the testing of the WNA-2 well.
It had previously been observed the identification of a potential oil leg overlain by an associated gas cap within the reservoir interval, in the targeted Kirkham Abbey reservoir.
Testing operations at West Newton will recommence once government guidance pertaining to COVID-19 permits, the required personnel and equipment become available, and the health and continued safety of Rathlin employees, contract personnel and the community can be ensured.
Executive Chairman of Union Jack, David Bramhill, commented: “We now have all key permits in place which allow the testing of the West Newton A-2 well. We are also seeing excellent progress with regards initial works at the West Newton B site".
“Combined with the ongoing Wressle development project where “first oil” is anticipated in 2H20, Union Jack is in an excellent position from both a corporate and financial situation, where we are fully funded for our drilling and development commitments during 2020”.
Read the article online at: https://www.oilfieldtechnology.com/exploration/27042020/union-jack-oil-receives-permit-for-testing-of-west-newton-well/