IGas plans new conventional oil exploration wells in Britain

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LONDON (Reuters) – Oil and gas exploration company IGas Energy <IGAS.L> said on Thursday it plans to drill up to two new exploratory oil wells in the Weald Basin in southern England.

The company also said it was unable to finalise a deal with Onshore Petroleum Ltd. to sell its non-core assets, which will now remain with IGas.

IGas produces around 2,200 barrels of oil equivalent a day from more than 100 sites across Britain. The Weald Basin is the source of around half of the company’s current production.

The initial well will explore the resource potential of the Portland Sandstones and the Kimmeridge Micrites, which it estimated had hydrocarbon volumes in place of about 300 million barrels.

The company will shortly start discussions with Surrey County Council and other stakeholders before submitting a planning application.

(Reporting by Nina Chestney, editing by Deepa Babington)

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