United Oil & Gas announces option agreement to farm into UK's Acle prospect


DUBLIN -- United Oil & Gas Plc, the London Stock Exchange listed oil and gas exploration and development company, is pleased to announce a no cost option agreement to farm into offshore Block 49/29c UK Licence P2264, which contains the Acle prospect (option agreement), jointly owned by Swift Exploration Limited (50%) and Stelinmatvic Industries Ltd. (50%). 

The Acle prospect is a clear 2.5-km2 four-way dip closure with further fault-bounded upside. Like most fields in the Southern North Sea, the reservoir is located in the Permian Rotliegendes formation and the Acle structure is located in close proximity to several significant producing gas fields including Gawain, Davy, Sean and Boyle. Acle is a low risk exploration prospect as a function of its four-way dip closure in a proven hydrocarbon fairway. As such, it has been ascribed a high chance of drilling success.

On exercise of this option agreement, United will sign a farm-in agreement with Swift and Stelinmatvic and will acquire 24% interest in the licence, being 12% from each of Swift and Stelinmatvic. For the combined 24% interest, United will pay 30% of the costs associated with the drilling of the first exploration well. In addition, United will pay £20,000 in cash to each partner on signing of the farm-in agreement.

The option agreement is exercisable upon a firm commitment being made to drill the well, and is valid until expiry of the licence, which will be no earlier than June 30, 2018.

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