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.
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.”