Ascent Resources plc, the AIM-traded oil and gas exploration and production company, advises that mobilisation of the rig that will drill the PEN-105 well in the Penészlek area of the Nyírség permits in Hungary has commenced. It is expected that drilling will begin over the next week and that it will take approximately three weeks to evaluate the primary target, a gas prospect that is estimated to be at a depth of 1,500m.
Ascent holds a 45.23% interest in the Penészlek Project through its equity interest in PetroHungaria kft. Other partners are DualEx (37.5%), Geomega (8%), Leni Gas & Oil (7.27%) and Swede Resources (2%).
Ascent Resources plc has a diversified portfolio of some 20 hydrocarbon exploration and development projects across five countries in Europe: Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovenia and Netherlands. Ascent's portfolio contains a solid base of field redevelopment projects with selected exposure to exploration upside. The portfolio is focussed on gas and with the exception of the shallow water Netherlands project, all of its projects are located onshore where operating and development costs are substantially lower than they are offshore.