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 has submitted a planning application to North Lincolnshire Council for the retention of the Wressle site and development of an oil production site (click this link to view the planning application). At a meeting of the North Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee held on 11th January 2017, the application was refused. Egdon and its joint venture partners are currently considering the options, including the right to bring forward an appeal against this decision.
Egdon also submitted a planning application to enable the drilling of water monitoring boreholes at the Wressle site as would be required by the environmental permit (click this link to view the planning application). At the meeting of the North Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee held on 11th January 2017, the application was approved and during February 2017 the groundwater monitoring boreholes were installed.
In response to North Lincolnshire Council’s 11th January decision to reject the Planning Application, Egdon has commenced an Appeal (11th April) and also submitted a new planning application (28th April) for the Wressle development. Egdon believes that this dual track approach will provide the best opportunity for a successful planning outcome with the minimum delay.
Egdon submitted an environmental permit application which was published on the 30th June 2016 (click this link to view the environmental permit application). 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.
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