In June 2013 Egdon Resources U.K. Ltd received temporary planning permission from North Lincolnshire Council to drill an exploratory conventional oil well on farmland at Lodge Farm to the north of the hamlet of Wressle off the B1208 in North Lincolnshire, six miles to the east of Scunthorpe. Egdon also obtained Environmental Permits for drilling and testing operations at the Wressle site.
Drilling took place at Wressle during July and August 2014. The well was drilled to a total depth (TD) of 2240 metres measured depth (MD) (1814 metres true vertical depth below OS datum (TVDSS)). Petrophysical evaluation of log data acquired in the Wressle-1 well and elevated gas readings recorded whilst drilling indicate the presence of potential hydrocarbon pay in three main intervals, and the well was completed with a 4 ½” liner.
Test operations commenced in January 2015 and were completed at the end of March 2015. The Wressle-1 well has flowed oil and gas from three separate reservoirs, the Ashover Grit, the Wingfield Flags and the Penistone Flags. This totalled 710 barrels of oil equivalent per day from all zones.
Egdon first applied for planning permission to develop the Wressle discovery in 2016. Both applications were refused and appealed as detailed below in Wressle Development Planning History
During November 2017, a planning inquiry was held to consider the two appeals for development approval and the appeal of the variation of the existing planning for the site. On 5 January 2018, we announced that the Inspector had rejected the appeals by Egdon against the two planning refusals by North Lincolnshire County Council’s Planning Committee. However, the Planning Inspectorate did uphold Egdon’s appeal against the decision to refuse the application to retain the existing planning for the well site, which is now retained until the 28 April 2018.
Having taken legal and planning advice and having fully considered the specific reasons for rejection of the appeals as set out by the Inspector in his Decision Notice, the Company can advise that it will now:
- Prepare and submit a new planning application to North Lincolnshire Council seeking its consent for the Wressle oil field development. This application, which will be submitted prior to the expiry of the current planning consent, will address in detail all matters highlighted by the Inspector in his Decision Notice to dismiss the appeals; and
- Prepare and submit a new application to North Lincolnshire Council to extend the current planning consent (which now expires on 28 April 2018 following our successful appeal) to ensure that North Lincolnshire Council has sufficient time for consideration of the new application and to maintain consent for the current site.
The Wressle well involved conventional drilling for oil and did not and will not involve the process of hydraulic ‘fracking’ for shale gas or shale oil.
Egdon Resources held a public exhibition on the 28th April 2016, please click the link below for more information.
Photo showing the Wressle site during testing
Wressle Development Planning History
- On 11 January 2017, North Lincolnshire Council refused planning consent for the original application for the development of the Wressle Oil Field at Lodge Farm, Wressle, North Lincolnshire.
- On 7 February 2017, Egdon announced that it would both appeal the decision of 11 January 2017 and in parallel submit a new Planning Application for the Wressle development which would include even more detailed information to address the specific concerns outlined by North Lincolnshire Council in their refusal.
- On 11 April 2017, Egdon submitted an appeal against North Lincolnshire Council’s decision to refuse planning consent.
- On 28 April 2017, Egdon submitted a new application for the Wressle Development including additional detailed information to address the specific concerns raised by North Lincolnshire Council in its 11 January 2017 decision to refuse the original application for the development of the Wressle Oil Field.
- On 19 May 2017, Egdon announced the issue by the Environment Agency of the variation to the Mining Waste Permit for the planned Wressle field development and associated operations.
- On 3 July 2017, the new planning application was also refused. The variation of the existing planning for the site requesting a twelve month extension was also refused at the same meeting.