Flow testing at West Newton-B due next month

Equipment to flow test a well at the West Newton-B oil site in East Yorkshire is due to be delivered in May 2021, it was announced this morning.

Rathlin Energy’s West Newton-B wellsite, April 2021. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent

A statement to investors also reported that two stages of the evaluation of the site’s sidetrack well, WNB-1z, had been completed.

The next phase was well perforation, stimulation and flow testing, the statement said.

DrillOrDrop reported earlier this month that the evaluation operation at West Newton B had begun.

Today’s statement said the case hole logging programme had been completed. Results confirmed the presence of a good cement bond of the production liner and well bore integrity.

Vertical seismic profiling had also been completed, the statement said. Data was currently being processed in Romania. Initial indications showed the data was good quality, the statement said. The data would be used in calculations on reserve and resource figures for the West Newton field and help to identify future well locations.

The West Newton-B site is operated by Rathlin Energy. WNB-1z was drilled in November 2020 and reached 2,114m. An 18m core was cut from the target Kirkham Abbey formation.

A partner in the project, Union Jack Oil, has reported that the Kirkham Abbey interval was hydrocarbon saturated and had good porosity.

The company’s executive chairman, David Bramhill, said today:

“We are delighted to report that mobilisation in respect of well testing, initially on the West Newton B-1Z well, is expected to commence in May 2021.

“Initial results from the recently completed Cased Hole Logging Programme and Vertical Seismic Profiling, coupled with historical well log results and measurements taken whilst drilling, have all been highly encouraging to date and the Joint Venture participants hold high expectations for a successful flow test.

“We await with great interest the testing results over the coming months from both WNB-1Z and WNA-2 and look forward to updating shareholders as further progress is made.”

Stephen Williams, co-chief executive of the other partner, Reabold Resources, said:

“With well testing operations ongoing, the first flow test expected in May, and the subsequent testing of the WNA-2 well to commence thereafter, we look forward to a busy period of activity at West Newton. Results so far have been progressing in line with our expectations, despite the impact COVID-19 has had on supply chains.

“We look forward to the next phase of operations beginning shortly and to updating shareholders as further progress is made.”

12 replies »

  1. I’m wondering if that’s going to be using the two redundant flare stacks spoiling the view at Cuadrilla’s failed test fracking site alongside Preston New Road near Blackpool?

    • I heard the flare stacks are staying – they will be needed to vent any displaced gas from the well during the radioactive slurry injection testing which will be undertaken by the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The frack sand remaining on site will be part of the injection slurry.

      • I would like Drill or Drop to question Lancashire County Council and the other bodies responsible for licencing this radioactive testing process.
        Nothing along these lines has yet been applied to be permitted as far as the public knows.

  2. Yes, you could get a view of the Tower, instead!

    There I was thinking you lived some kms from Preston New Road site, Peter.

    • I live exactly 4.4 road miles away from the Cuadrilla Preston New Road fracking site. Similar distance to the home in Kirkham that was damaged to the tune of £10k by the 2019 August Bank holiday weekend Hydrofrac Earthquake. Drive past the site regularly though.

  3. And I drive past wind turbines regularly, Peter. Ugly noisy blighters, spoiling the view for many. Some have been removed because locals don’t like them spoiling the view, others have been turned off because locals don’t like the noise, some don’t like them stuffed into landfill and many are sitting there out of use like some relics from failed industrialization. All those alternative issues that can be “enjoyed”!

    • Apparently there’s a new generation of wind turbines that are cylindrical without blades. That should solve most of the ‘nimby’s’ complaints.
      Whether these will be as beautiful as the old models that featured in kid’s animation programmes from our youth I’m not sure.
      However old windmills are much sought after for conversion to private dwellings and pubs. Cannot see that being the case with redundant fracking sites somehow!

      • You do realise, Peter, that wind turbines and old windmills are quite different structures, and used for different purposes?! Perhaps not. A number of the windmills were used for grinding grain, but not so much use when agricultural land returns more profit from solar farms and wind turbines than producing food.

  4. I would like Drill or Drop to question Lancashire County Council and the other bodies responsible for licencing this radioactive testing process.
    Nothing along these lines has yet been applied to be permitted as far as the public knows.

    • This is a repeat Peter? Nothing to do with Lancashire County Council. Check with David Penney & Ben whoever they are. They should be able to give you the heads up.

      However if you think about it logically shale wells will not be appropriate for slurry injection. Wells with higher permeability sandstones will be better? Unless the process involves fracking.

      Shale wells may be okay for storage cylinders if they are long and thin?

  5. [Edited by moderator] their expert at the site always maintains that West Newton is a “Duster”. Is he now saying that he was wrong, again!!!!!!

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