UK Oil and Gas, the company behind oil exploration at Broadford Bridge in West Sussex, has rejected comments made about its operations by Angus Energy.
DrillOrDrop reported yesterday (link here) on an interview by the Angus managing director, Paul Vonk. Talking to the financial magazine, London South East, Mr Vonk suggested there were “operational issues with the well” at Broadford Bridge.
UKOG had reported in December 2017 that a section of the reservoir at Broadford Bridge was “unproductive” because of low permeability.
Mr Vonk suggested the use of bentonite had sealed the fracture system in the rock.
UKOG’s Executive Chairman, Steve Sanderson responded today, saying Mr Vonk had no access to technical information about the Broadford Bridge well. He said UKOG had not used bentonite with the drilling mud and the fractures in the well were not blocked by drilling fluid.
In a statement, Mr Sanderson told DrillOrDrop:
“Firstly, Mr Vonk of Angus Energy has no inside knowledge of operations or technical data at Broadford Bridge. UKOG does NOT have “an information-sharing agreement” regarding Broadford Bridge with Angus or any other operator or competitor. The BB-1 &1z well is subject to “tight hole status,” which means all inside information lies solely within UKOG and its contractors.
“Secondly, UKOG did not use bentonite, a natural clay, in our water-based drilling mud, as suggested by Mr Vonk in your article. As we have reported several times, and as showed you when you accepted our invitation to visit the BB-1 site in June last year, we used solely a potato-starch based drilling fluid throughout BB-1 and the BB-1z sidetrack.
“Furthermore, as we have also reported, independent analyses of electric logs and cores from BB1 and BB-1z show open natural fractures i.e. they are not blocked by drilling fluid within the Kimmeridge section.
“We respectfully suggest that, given Mr Vonk has no access to specific technical information to support his spurious claims regarding our Broadford Bridge discovery, it was unwise to comment publicly on such matters. Instead of casting aspersions on UKOG’s activities, Mr Vonk might be wiser to devote his time and public comments towards explaining the seemingly poor results of Angus’ programme at Lidsey and the regulatory issues at Brockham, which we understand from media reports, are unresolved.”