In 2014 we built and drilled from a wellsite at Lodge Farm, Wressle in North Lincolnshire. Testing in 2015 flowed oil and gas from three separate reservoirs and planning permission to develop the site was granted on Appeal in 2020.
The 2015 tests showed that flow from the Ashover Grit sandstone reservoir was impaired, with fine particles “sticking” around the perforations (holes) in the casing and within the pores of the rock itself – so called “skin”. This reduces the natural flow. Workover operations prior to start of production will include reperforation of the Ashover Grit reservoir and a proppant squeeze to “unblock” the rock pores and perforations. The proppant squeeze is not High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing – it is completely different in terms of scale, duration and purpose and for clarity there are no shale oil or gas formations in the area. The flow rate following the workover operations is expected to be 500 barrels of oil per day. The proppant squeeze would be undertaken once only.
Planning consent and an Environmental Permit are in place to undertake the proposed work at site. Baseline groundwater monitoring data has been acquired and will be published here when finalised.
Planning permission is also in place to undertake the drilling of a short-length sidetrack well if needed.
Covid-19 restrictions have delayed the establishment of the Community Liaison Group (CLG) which aims to facilitate communication and to keep local people informed about our operations, although it is hoped to establish this shortly.
Further information relating to the Wressle work will be published here.
In March 2015, we were granted temporary planning permission from Lincolnshire County Council to drill a conventional exploratory oil well on farmland to the west of the hamlet of Biscathorpe, Lincolnshire.
The proposed site replaces a previously identified location where we withdrew a temporary planning application in 2013 after listening to feedback from local people.
In July 2017 we were issued with the relevant permits from the Environment Agency and in May 2018 received an extension of the planning permission from Lincolnshire County Council until December 2020.
The well was drilled in January and February 2019 and an extensive evaluation of well and 3D seismic data has resulted in an up-graded assessment of the potential hydrocarbon resource in place, plus additional oil-bearing reservoirs.
The well has been plugged, the well suspended and all materials removed from site. We are now developing plans to submit the necessary planning and environmental permit applications to enable us to drill a sidetrack well from the existing site.
We have established a Community Liaison Group in the Biscathorpe area and will continue to liaise with them as the plans develop.
The Keddington site, near Louth in Lincolnshire, was first developed in 1997 by Roc Oil, and acquired by Egdon in 2007. Oil has been consistently produced from the site, with three sidetrack wells having been drilled under Egdon’s operatorship.
A further drilling operation is planned once the geological evaluation is complete. Although the main objective is oil, if sufficient gas is produced then the aim would be to use this to generate electricity and export surplus back to the distribution system.
The Waddock Cross oilfield near Dorchester in Dorset was first drilled by British Gas in 1982. Egdon acquired the operatorship of the licence in 2003 and drilled two wells in 2004 and 2005. The site was developed as a production site in 2013 before being suspended due to declining oil rates.
The site is currently retained on a care and maintenance basis pending an evaluation of geological data, with the aim to drill a new sidetrack well from the site. The site has planning permission for further drilling, and the Environmental Permit would be upgraded before any further operations take place.
The Waddock Cross site is immediately adjacent to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as the ancient woodlands are home to extremely rare and important species of lichen. As part of the Planning Permission when the site was operational, air quality and lichen monitoring was undertaken, and this demonstrated that site operations and emissions did not have any adverse impact on the lichen, which shows that an oil production site can co-exist with local nature without adverse effects.
The Kirkleatham gas production site is located in north-east of England near to Redcar. It was originally drilled in 2005/6, and development started in 2010 with the building of a process facility within the adjacent Wilton International petro-chemical complex. A part-buried pipeline delivered gas to the process site, and then on for use as fuel to generate electricity and steam in an industrial gas turbine operated by SembCorp Utilities (SCU).
Both sites are currently suspended pending an evaluation of geological and formation data. Water was encountered during gas production and given the considerable gas reserves in this locality it is planned to target a gas zone above the water contact through a well that would be drilled from the existing site.
Dukes Wood / Kirklington
The Dukes Wood and Kirklington sites are in the East Midlands near to Newark in Nottinghamshire. The Kirklington oilfiled was originally drilled by BP and Egdon acquired the site in 2008. A sidetrack well was drilled in 2010, in tandem with a new well on the nearby newly-built Dukes Wood site in the same year. The Dukes Wood site is adjacent to the Dukes Wood oilfield, which was originally drilled during the Second World War and was, for some time, the largest onshore production field in Britain.
Both sites were intended to operate as one joint production unit, but were jointly suspended after a period in production due to high water volumes.
Options are currently being evaluated to determine the best mechanisms to reinstate production from the sites failing which the wells and sites will be plugged and restored.
Egdon have Planning permission to build a new wellsite on land off Smithfield Road near to North Kelsey in Lincolnshire, and to drill a single exploratory well. This well is targeting conventional oil, so for clarity there will be no “fracking” either now or in the future – there are no shale oil or shale gas rocks.
Given the impact of COVID-19 during 2020, Egdon have sought and have been granted an extension to the current Planning Permission which will enable the construction of the wellsite, drilling and then testing during 2021. A Community Liaison Group (CLG) will provide a forum for local representatives, aiming to foster an open dialogue and to provide ongoing communication about our operations.
The Fiskerton Airfield site, on the outskirts of Lincoln in the East Midlands, is on an airfield which was built in the Second World War and served as an operational base for Lancaster Bomber Squadrons until 1945. It was then a base for the Royal Observer Corp from 1962 until its closure in 1992.
Oil was discovered in the formations under the airfield in 1977, although it wasn’t until 1998 that the Fiskerton Airfield site, operated by Cirque Energy UK Limited, first produced oil. Egdon acquired the site in 2017, and it remains in production, producing good quality oil from the two producing wells on site.