Operators started drilling (spudded) 19 onshore oil and gas wells in 2014, four more than in 2013, but 10 down on 2011. Click here for 2013 figures and charts.
Based on information from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), 10 of the 2014 spudded wells were in Dorset, drilled by Perenco UK Ltd at the Wytch Farm field or nearby at Wareham.
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IGas spudded three wells in north-west England, while Dart (acquired by IGas during the year) drilled one each in Cheshire and Nottinghamshire. No wells were spudded in Scotland or Wales in 2014, or by Cuadrilla, one of the big names of 2013.
According to DECC, only one well (IGas at Ellesmere Port) targeted shale gas. 13 were described as conventional oil and gas wells and four were said to be targeting coal bed methane.
Details of onshore oil and gas wells spudded in 2014
Churton-1, drilled by Dart Energy (Europe) Ltd, for coal bed methane, PEDL188
Ellesmere Port 1, drilled by IGas, for shale gas, PEDL184
Markham Coal Mine Vent 1, drilled by Alkane Energy UK Ltd, for mine gas, PEDL169
Wareham C9 and Wytch Farm A13, A13Z*, F26, F27, F27Z, G4, K16, K16Y, K16Z, all drilled by Perenco UK Ltd for conventional oil and gas, PL089
Burton-on-the-Wolds-1, drilled by Egdon Resources UK Ltd, for conventional oil and gas, PEDL201
Wressle 1, drilled by Egdon Resources UK Ltd, for conventional oil and gas, PEDL180
Lound 1, drilled by Dart Energy (Europe) Ltd for coal bed methane, PEDL200
Irlam 1, drilled by IGas for coal bed methane, PEDL193
Irlam 1Z, drilled by IGas for coal bed methane, PEDL193
Horse Hill 1, drilled by Horse Hill Developments Ltd for conventional oil and gas, PEDL137
*Wells marked Z are usually lateral wells off a vertical
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