Biscathorpe exploratory conventional oil well site
In March 2015 Egdon Resources U.K. Ltd, as operator of the licence area PEDL253, received temporary planning permission from Lincolnshire County Council to drill a conventional exploratory oil well on farmland to the west of the hamlet of Biscathorpe, approximately nine kilometres to the west of Louth in Lincolnshire.
The proposals will involve conventional drilling for oil and for clarity the operations at the site will not involve the process of hydraulic “fracking” for shale gas. This area of Lincolnshire does not have the specific rock-formation types that contain shale gas.
The proposed site replaces a previous site approximately one kilometre to the east for which we withdrew a temporary planning application in 2013 after listening to feedback from local people.
In July 2017 Egdon announced the issue by the Environment Agency of the environmental permits to enable the drilling and possible subsequent testing operations at the Biscathorpe site.
In May 2018 Egdon received an extension of temporary planning permission from Lincolnshire County Council until December 2020.
We have since been notified that LCC has been challenged by local activists as to the legality of their planning decision. Although at this time we do not expect this to impact the timing of our operations , we will keep this under review as the process unfolds.
During August 2018 we updated the tenders for all materials and services including the rig with completion of the site construction commencing during October 2018 and drilling operations expected in late 2018.