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Alba Min Res PLC - Horse Hill Update

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Alba Mineral Resources PLC
24 September 2019

Alba Mineral Resources plc

("Alba" or the "Company")


Horse Hill-1 and Horse Hill-2/2z Operational Update

Alba Mineral Resources plc (AIM: ALBA), the diversified mineral exploration and development company, announces that it has been informed by UK Oil & Gas Plc ("UKOG"), the majority owner of Horse Hill Developments Limited ("HHDL"), the operator of Horse Hill licences PEDL 137 and PEDL 246 in which Alba has an 11.765% interest, of the following operational update:


-    Operations have commenced for the new Horse Hill-2/2z ("HH-2/2z") Portland horizontal well. The start of physical drilling operations or "spud" is expected following completion of the rig-up process and will be reported in due course.

-    Drilling will commence with the HH-2 vertical pilot programme and will be followed directly by the horizontal well section, HH-2z, with a planned trajectory of around 1000m wholly within the Portland reservoir.

-    Drilling operations are expected to be completed in a total of around 60 days. The HH-2z horizontal will then be tested using a bespoke downhole electric pump, or ESP.

-    Immediately prior to rig arrival, test production from the Kimmeridge oil pool at the Horse Hill-1 oil discovery was temporarily shut-in to permit a safe rig-up process and will be resumed prior to the pilot hole spud. Kimmeridge test production is planned to continue throughout the drilling campaign.

-    Before the current shut-in, Kimmeridge test production totalled 39,205 barrels ("bbl") of dry Brent quality crude, with average daily rates of up to 307 bbl of oil per day recorded following the resumption of production on 12 September. Total aggregate Portland and Kimmeridge test production now stands at over 68,773 bbl.


This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.


Forward Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements relating to expected or anticipated future events and anticipated results that are forward-looking in nature and, as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as general economic, market and business conditions, competition for qualified staff, the regulatory process and actions, technical issues, new legislation, uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans, uncertainties resulting from working in a new political jurisdiction, uncertainties regarding the results of exploration, uncertainties regarding the timing and granting of prospecting rights, uncertainties regarding the Company's or any third party's ability to execute and implement future plans, and the occurrence of unexpected events.  Actual results achieved may vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors.


Qualified Person's Statement

The technical information contained in this announcement has been reviewed and approved by Feroz Sultan (B.Sc (Hons) Geology, M.Sc, Petroleum and Structural Geology, Karachi and M.Sc Petroleum Geology, Imperial College London), a petroleum geologist with over 45 years' experience in the management, exploration, development and production of oil and gas.



flow test or well test: a flow test or well test involves testing a well by flowing hydrocarbons to surface, typically through a test separator.  Key measured parameters are oil and gas flow rates, downhole pressure and surface pressure.  The overall objective is to identify the well's capacity to produce hydrocarbons at a commercial flow rate.


horizontal well: a well that during drilling is steered so as to follow and remain within a particular geological stratum or reservoir unit having a trajectory that runs approximately parallel to the top and or base of the target horizon


oil field: an accumulation, pool or group of pools of oil in the subsurface that produces oil to surface.


For further information, please contact:


Alba Mineral Resources plc

George Frangeskides, Executive Chairman                        +44 20 3907 4297


Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (Nomad)     

James Caithie / Liam Murray                                            +44 20 7213 0880


First Equity Limited (Broker)

Jason Robertson                                                             +44 20 7374 2212


Yellow Jersey PR (Financial PR/ IR)

Sarah Hollins/Harriet Jackson/Henry Wilkinson                 +44 20 3004 9512

[email protected]


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Horse Hill (oil)




Web: www.albamineralresources.com

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