Sound Oil, the European and Mediterranean focused upstream oil and gas company, has announced the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Badile exploration well from the Lombardy Regional Government.
The drilling authorisation from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development is expected to follow with the endorsement of the Lombardy Region.
This approval is an important step in the local permitting process, enabling the Company to prepare for the forthcoming exploration well. Preparations for drilling, including the identification and negotiation of a farm in, continue.
The company has purchased a plot of industrial land in the Lombardy region for the well site and a number of long lead items including the wellhead are now ready to be delivered.
James Parsons, Sound Oil's Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"Badile remains the largest and most strategic asset in our portfolio with an independently assessed best case estimate of 178 billion ft3 equivalent.
This approval re-affirms Sound's ability to progress within the Italian regulatory system and positions the asset ready for potential farm in partners.
The gas produced from Badile (following a successful exploration well and production concession award) would feed in to the energy hungry domestic market in Italy which has maintained pricing resilience against a backdrop of falling commodity prices."
Adapted from press release by Joseph Green