A previously unidentified oil-bearing zone has been found in Kimmeridge Limestone at Broadford Bridge, it was reported yesterday.
UK Oil and Gas Investments, the company behind the West Sussex exploration site, said the new zone extends the possible thickness of what it calls the Kimmeridge continuous oil deposit to around 1,200ft.
In a statement to shareholders, the company said the new zone was intensely fractured and found at a depth of 5,508ft-5,640ft. It accords with observed oil and wet gas shows, UKOG said.
The finding is based on analysis of cores and image logs from the well, near Billingshurst.
UKOG also reported that it is mobilising equipment to test whether mobile light oil in the Kimmeridge could flow to the surface at commercial rates and volumes.
UKOG defends record of public engagement
Objectors to UKOG’s application to extend its planning permission at Broadford Bridge have criticised the company for failing to answer questions about operations at the site.
UKOG responded today with Answers to frequently asked questions.
The company said it was “proud of the level of openness and transparency” it had shown since drilling began in May this year.
It said it had declined to take part in two public meetings organised by a local campaign group, Broadford Bridge Action Group (BBAG), because it was “not confident of receiving a fair hearing”. It added:
“We disputed the validity of the so-called ‘experts’ who would form the Action Group’s panel.”
UKOG said public consultation had already taken place in 2012-2014 when previous applications were made by the previous operator for planning permission and an environmental permit. The new operator, a UKOG subsidiary, was not required under planning regulations to hold further consultation meetings, it said.
Despite this, UKOG said it “engaged extensively”. It gave answers to questions raised by BBAG on water contamination risks, faulting, drilling fluids, wildlife sites, traffic impacts, emergency treatment, flaring and climate change.