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United Oil & Gas PLC: Confirmation of award of two blocks including an oil discovery in the UK North Sea

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  • Award of Blocks 15/18d and 15/19b in the North Sea which includes the Crown Oil Discovery, with estimates of up to 16 million barrels of recoverable oil.
  • Discussions with potential farm-in partners can now commence, with interest already received highlighting the quality of the asset.
  • Significant growing interest in the North Sea as an attractive low-cost hydrocarbon jurisdiction – licence highlights the team’s ability to identify and acquire projects in attractive jurisdictions.
  • United’s portfolio already includes commercial discoveries, appraisal projects and high-impact exploration.
  • Multiple value-adding events occurring in the next few months including appraisal drilling of UK near shore Colter Discovery.

United Oil & Gas Plc, the London Stock Exchange listed oil and gas exploration and development company, is pleased to announce that further to the announcement of 24 May 2018, it has accepted the formal offer from the Oil and Gas Authority, the UK oil and gas regulator, confirming the award of Blocks 15/18d and 15/19b (Licence P2366), with the licence term beginning 1 October 2018.

The two highly prospective blocks in the Central North Sea cover an area of c. 13.6 km2 and are close to the substantial Piper, MacCulloch and Dumbarton/Donan oil fields and include the Palaeocene Crown Oil Discovery which could contain up to 16 million bbls of recoverable oil.

United’s internal estimates suggest a range in recoverable volumes of 4 - 16 million bbls of oil, with mid-case estimates of ~9 million bbls for the Crown Oil Discovery, which was made by ConocoPhillips in 1998 in well 15/19-9. The potential of the licence is underlined by the interest already received from prospective farm-in partners, and the Company will consider all options available in order to progress the work programme as rapidly as possible. The Directors believe this interest reflects not only the quality of Blocks 15/18d and 15/19b but also the uptick in activity and interest in the Central North Sea.

United Oil & Gas PLC CEO, Brian Larkin, said, "A number of factors including the existing multi-million bbl oil discovery, multiple leads and targets, an excellent location close to substantial oil fields, and the attractive cost profile of exploration and production in the North Sea all culminate to position these licences as compelling investment opportunities. Confirmation of the award enables us to pursue farm-out discussions with potential partners with whom we can work to take these licences forward.”

“Blocks 15/18d and 15/19b are the latest additions to our portfolio of late stage appraisal/development projects in Europe and high-impact exploration plays in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. All our licences have defined paths to near-term value driving activity such as drilling and production, offering multiple re-rating opportunities. With drilling operations at the UK near shore Colter Discovery, which lies in the same play as the prolific Wytch Farm field, due to commence in Q4 2018, investors will not have to wait long for the next potential value trigger event. Together with results of processing work to de-risk the Colibri target on the Tullow Oil-operated Walton-Morant licence offshore Jamaica, which has been estimated to hold gross mean-case prospective resources of over 200 million bbls, and the ongoing permitting process to bring our onshore Italy gas discovery into production, the next few months promise to be an exciting period for United.”

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