Yearly Archives: 2017

UK Onshore Licence Interest Acquisition

12 June 2017

Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR) is pleased to announce completion of the acquisition of an interest in a licence in the Company’s East Midlands core area.

Egdon is acquiring a 50% interest in PEDL278 (UK National Grid Block SE51b) from Celtique Energie Petroleum Limited (“Celtique”) and Investcan Ltd. (“Investcan”) who were originally awarded the licence in the 14th Round.  Egdon and Island Gas Ltd (IGas, operator) are each acquiring a 50% interest in the licence from Celtique and Investcan for a nominal cash consideration. The acquisition has already been approved by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

The licence contains the Kirk Smeaton tight gas discovery (RTZ, 1985) and other conventional and unconventional prospectivity. This acquisition adds 4,695 net acres to Egdon’s unconventional resources position which now amounts to a total net area of ca. 205,800 acres.

Commenting on this new acquisition, Mark Abbott, Managing Director of Egdon Resources plc, said:

“We are pleased to acquire a material holding in a licence containing the 1985 Kirk Smeaton tight gas discovery and further prospectivity at minimal cost.   This acquisition is consistent with our strategy of enhancing Egdon’s position in core areas where we see significant oil and gas potential.”

Wressle Development – Issue of EA Mining Waste Permit Variation

19 May 2017

Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR) is pleased to announce the issue by the Environment Agency of the variation to the Mining Waste Permit for the planned Wressle field development and associated operations.

The issue of the permit is a key regulatory approval in the proposed Wressle development, and provides support to the new Planning Application as submitted on 28 April 2017.

Commenting on the permit approval, Mark Abbott, Managing Director of Egdon said:-

“After a long and extremely thorough review of our proposals by the Environment Agency, we are pleased to receive the variation to our environmental permits for the proposed Wressle development and associated operations. This validates our position that the planned operations and procedures will prevent, mitigate and minimise environmental impacts. Egdon takes its safety, environmental and social obligations very seriously and is committed to maintaining the highest standards.  We are confident that this will be recognised in the outcome of the new Planning Application.”

Wressle Development – New Planning Application

3 May 2017

Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR) announces the submission on 28 April 2017 of a new Planning Application (“the Application”) for the Wressle field development. The Application includes additional detailed information to address the specific concerns raised by North Lincolnshire Council in its 11 January 2017 decision to refuse planning consent for the development of the Wressle Oil Field at Lodge Farm, Wressle, North Lincolnshire. The Application will now be validated by North Lincolnshire Council planning department, a procedure that usually takes one to two weeks.

As previously announced on 11 April 2017, Egdon has already submitted an appeal against North Lincolnshire County Council’s decision to refuse planning consent.

Egdon believe that this dual track approach will provide the best opportunity for a successful planning outcome with the minimum delay.

Wressle Development – Appeal and New Planning Application Update

11 April 2017

Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR) announces that it will today start the appeal process through the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the decision by North Lincolnshire County Council (“the Council”) on 11 January 2017 to refuse planning consent for the development of the Wressle Oil Field at Lodge Farm, Wressle, North Lincolnshire.

It is expected that the Planning Inspectorate will validate the submitted appeal documentation within the next 1-2 weeks and will then notify Egdon and the Council of the start date and timetable for the appeal process.

As previously announced the Company will in parallel submit a new planning application for the Wressle development which will include even more detailed information to address the specific points raised by the Council in their refusal. This new planning application will be submitted during April.

The Company also anticipates that the Environmental Permit for Wressle should be issued by the Environment Agency towards the end of April, subject to the outcome of the current consultation process on the draft permit which closes shortly.

In addition, the water monitoring boreholes for the site, for which planning consent was received from the Council at the planning meeting on 11 January 2017, were successfully installed on the existing Wressle well site during February 2017.

Commenting on the update Mark Abbott, Managing Director said: “We believe our case for the appeal is very strong and we will look to progress both the appeal and the new application through the planning system as quickly as possible.  We believe this dual track approach will provide the best opportunity for a successful outcome with the minimum delay.“

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 31 January 2017

11 April 2017

Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR), the UK-based exploration and production company with a primary focus on the hydrocarbon-producing basins of the onshore UK, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 January 2017. A presentation for analysts will be held at 9:30am on 11 April 2017 at the offices of Buchanan, 107 Cheapside, London EC2V 6DN.

Overview and Highlights

Operational and Corporate

Successful placing and open offer to raise £5.06 million before costs in December 2016

  • Acquisition of additional interests in PEDL068, PEDL201, PEDL306 and PEDL334
  • Planning consent granted to operator IGas to drill up to two exploratory wells in Misson Springs, North Nottinghamshire. (Egdon 14.5% interest). Egdon is carried on these initial wells by Total
  • ERC Equipoise reported an independent assessment of the undiscovered gas initially in place (GIIP) in ten previously unassessed licences resulting in a Company combined mean of 50 trillion cubic feet of gas (“TCF”)
  • Production in line with current forecast totalling 16,882 barrels of oil equivalent (“boe”) (94 barrels of oil equivalent per day “boepd”) (H1 2016: 37,543 boe; 204 boepd)
  • Refusal of planning consent for development of the Wressle oil field

Financial Performance

  • Gross oil and gas revenues during the period £0.51 million (H1 2016: £1.05 million)
  • Loss for the period of £0.73 million (H1 2016: loss of £2.00 million after accounting for impairments of £0.5 million at Waddock Cross and the revaluation of £0.3 million of the Ceres accrued income)
  • The Company has no debt (H1 2016: Nil)
  • Net current assets as at 31 January 2017 of £8.00 million (H1 2016: £6.06 million) including cash at bank of £6.80 million (H1 2016: £5.26 million)

Post Balance Sheet Events

  • Decision to progress both an appeal and a new application for the Wressle development
  • Acquisition of additional interest in deep potential of PEDL209 and restructuring of Total option agreement

Commenting on the results, Philip Stephens, Chairman of Egdon said:

 In a period of further progress we were pleased to complete an equity cash raising of £5 million in December 2016, which has significantly strengthened our balance sheet. An independent evaluation of the net gas in place for our unconventional resources has given a figure of 50 TCF which shows a considerable increase over the last estimate made two years ago. Our conventional portfolio contains a number of very attractive prospects the value of which we expect to be able to realise in the next 12 to 18 months

View or download 2017-04-11 EDR Interim Results Final

PEDL209 Acquisition and New Opt-In Agreement with Total

4 April 2017

Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR) is pleased to announce that it has acquired from Stelinmatvic Industries Limited (“Stelinmatvic”) its 12% interest in the unconventional resources exploration rights in UK Onshore licence PEDL209 located in one of the Company’s core areas, the Gainsborough Trough. As part of the consideration for this acquisition, Egdon has transferred 12% out of its interest in the remaining conventional prospects on the PEDL209 licence to Stelinmatvic.

As further consideration, Egdon has today issued 580,646 Ordinary Shares in the Company (“the Consideration Shares”) to Stelinmatvic, fully paid. The value of the Consideration Shares is equivalent to £54,000 based on the average closing mid-price for the five days prior to the day of completion. The Consideration Shares represent 0.22 per cent. of the enlarged share capital of the Company.  Application has been made for admission of the Consideration Shares to trading on AIM, which is expected to become effective on 7 April 2017.  Following admission the Company will have 259,984,822 shares in issue

Concurrent with this transaction, Egdon has entered into a new Opt-In Agreement with Total E&P UK Limited (“Total”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Total SA. Under the terms of the agreement, Total has an option to farm-in to unconventional resources exploration in PEDL209, exercisable until 31 December 2018 and to earn a 36% interest in the licence by paying Egdon’s remaining 36% (together with Total’s own 36% interest) of an exploration programme of up to a gross £13.47 million which would include seismic acquisition and the drilling of a well.

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Notification of Interim Results

6 March 2017

Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR) announces that its Interim Results for the six months ended 31 January 2017 will be released on Tuesday, 11 April 2017

An analyst briefing will be held at 9.30am on 11 April 2017 at the offices of Buchanan, 107 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6DN.

Directors Shareholding

7 February 2017

Egdon Resources plc (the “Company”) has been informed that as a result of Mr Mark Abbott’s younger son achieving his majority, his shareholding is no longer to be counted as part of Mr Abbott’s beneficial shareholding. Accordingly, although these shares have not been sold, Mr Abbott’s beneficial shareholding is reduced by 100,000 ordinary shares to 7,764,387 ordinary shares, representing 2.99% of the issued and voting share capital of the Company.

 

Wressle Update and Production Guidance

7 February 2017

Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR) provides an update on plans to progress the development of the Wressle oil field following the recent decision of North Lincolnshire Council’s Planning Committee to refuse planning permission for hydrocarbon production.

Having consulted with Joint Venture partners and taken further detailed advice, we can advise that we will submit a formal appeal against the refusal of planning consent at the earliest opportunity.

We can also advise that we will in parallel submit a new Planning Application for the Wressle development which will include even more detailed information to address the specific concerns outlined by North Lincolnshire Council in their refusal.

We will look to progress both the new application and the appeal through the Planning system as quickly as possible. We believe that this dual track approach will provide the best opportunity for a successful outcome with the minimum delay.

In view of the planning refusal and the expected timeframe for the appeal and/or re-determination, the Company has revised its guidance for average production for the financial year ending 31 July 2017 to 100-110 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“boepd”) against our previous guidance of 165 boepd. As a result of the delay in both capital investment and generated income, the impact on the Company’s net cash-flow for the current period will be negligible.