Welcome to the Egdon community website where you’ll find information about Egdon, our sites and operations around the UK, and how we work with local communities.
Egdon Resources is an independent, oil and gas exploration and production business with more than 20 years’ experience of working in the UK.
We are the operator of a number of UK Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDLs) issued by the Government that allow us to undertake oil and gas activities within a given area, subject to drilling/development consents, planning permissions and environmental permits. We have several operational sites in the East Midlands, the North East and Southern England.
In our PEDL licence areas, we evaluate the potential for oil and gas reserves (collectively known as hydrocarbons), undertake drilling and testing operations and, if successful, we produce oil and gas over the longer term. At the end of the life of a site we then restore the land back to its original condition.
So, on some licences we are in the early stages of exploring for oil and gas, while in others we have sites that have been in production for many years.
Health, safety and environmental protection are absolutely key to the success of our business, as are our relationships with the communities where we operate. We work with all parties to understand local concerns, mitigate any potential disruption and keep people updated about our operations.
The UK onshore oil and gas industry has been in existence for more than 150 years.
Before the First World War, most of the UK’s oil and gas was imported. Oil was first discovered in Scotland in 1851 followed by gas in England in 1896 during construction of Heathfield rail station in Sussex, during the digging of water wells. The gas was used to power the lights for the station.
During both world wars, Britain needed to produce its own oil to help the war effort and the Government introduced legislation to enable companies to explore for hydrocarbons.
Dukes Wood oilfield in Nottinghamshire started producing oil in 1943 and was vital to the war effort, producing mote than two million barrels of oil.
In 1973, Wytch Farm Oilfield in Eastern Dorset was opened and is now the largest onshore oil field in Western Europe. This oilfield still produces today in an area now classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which shows that the industry can positively co-exist with nature and the local environment.
Onshore oil and gas activity started to accelerate again after the 1979 oil crisis. As prices rose, domestic production became increasingly important.
Over 2,000 wells have now been drilled in the UK. In the UK today, there are 120 sites with 250 operating wells producing between 20,000 and 25,000 barrels of oil a day.
However, the UK still imports both oil and gas from other countries, so home-produced hydrocarbons remain an important source of energy security for our homes and businesses.