Who’s got an oil and gas licence in your area?


We’ve compiled a list to show which companies have been granted oil and gas exploration licences and where they are.

The licences were confirmed by the Oil and Gas Authority today (17th December 2015) and cover England only.

Each licence is made up of blocks which are based on map squares. You can check the map for the block where you live or search by county/region.

The light green squares on the map are blocks announced on 18th August 2015 and the dark green are blocks announced on 17th December 2015. The light brown areas are already licenced.

Some of the blocks don’t exactly match with counties/region so apologies if we’ve assigned them to the wrong one.

Each block is linked to a page on our 14th Round portal. We’ll be updating these pages during the next few days.



Awarded 17th December 2015 (dark green on the map)

SJ56 INEOS, shale

SJ57 INEOS, shale

SJ64 IGas, shale

SJ65 IGas, shale

SJ66 INEOS, shale

SJ67 INEOS, shale

SJ75 IGas, shale

SJ76 IGas, shale

SJ77 INEOS, shale

SJ78 INEOS, shale

SJ84c Norfros, coal bed methane

East midlands and South Yorkshire

Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, S Yorks

Awarded 18th August 2015 (light green)

SK43 Warwick, shale

SK45 INEOS, shale

SK48 INEOS, shale

SK49 IGas, shale

SK52 Egdon, shale

SK53 Egdon, shale

SK58 INEOS, shale

SK72 Hutton, conventional

SK86c ADM, conventional

SK87b Blackland Park, conventional

SK87c IGas, shale

SK88b IGas, shale

SK89e IGas, shale

SK96 ADM, conventional

SK99a IGas, conventional

Awarded 17th December 2015 (dark green).

SK29 Warwick, shale

SK36 INEOS, shale

SK37 INEOS, shale

SK38 INEOS, shale

SK39 INEOS, shale

SK46c INEOS, shale

SK47b INEOS, shale

SK55 INEOS, shale

SK56i INEOS, shale

SK57c INEOS, shale

SK59b IGas, shale

SK66b INEOS, shale

SK66c INEOS, shale

SK67a INEOS, shale

SK76b Blackland Park, conventional



Awarded 18th August 2015 (light green)

SD61 Osprey, shale

SD62 Aurora, shale

Awarded 17th December 2015 (dark green)

SD17 Reach, shale

SD20 Aurora, shale

SD21 Aurora, shale

SD26a Reach, shale

SD26b Reach, shale

SD40 Aurora, shale

SD45 Warwick, shale

SD50 Aurora, shale

SD55 Warwick, shale

SD60 Hutton, shale

SD63 Osprey, shale

SD70 Hutton, shale

SD71 Hutton, shale

SD72 Hutton conventional

SD73 Osprey, shale

SD81 Hutton, shale

SD83 Osprey, shale



Awarded 18th August 2015 (light green)

TF06 Cirque, conventional

TF07 (north and south) Cirque, conventional

TF17 Cirque, conventional

TF18 IGas, conventional

TF36 GDF, shale

Awarded 17th December 2015 (dark green)

TA30 Egdon, shale

TF38c Egdon, shale

TF39b Egdon, shale

TF46 GDF, shale

TF47 GDF shale

TF48b GDF, shale

TF56 GDF, shale

TF57 GDF, shale

Yorkshire, East, South and North

Yorkshire inland

Awarded 18th August 2015 (light green)

SE40 Cuadrilla, shale

SE41 IGas, shale

SE42 Hutton, shale

SE95 Cuadrilla, shale

Awarded 17th December 2015 (dark green)

SE30b INEOS, shale

SE31c IGas, shale

SE32b Hutton, shale

SE50b Cuadrilla, shale

SE51b Celtique, shale

SE52 Alkane, vent

SE57 INEOS, shale

SE61d Alkane, vent

SE65 INEOS, shale

SE66 INEOS, shale

SE67a INEOS, shale

SE68b INEOS, shale

SE69 INEOS, shale

SE72 Europa, shale

SE73 Europa, shale

SE74 Cuadrilla, shale

SE75 Cuadrilla, shale

SE76 INEOS, shale

SE77e INEOS, shale

SE78f INEOS, shale

SE79 INEOS, shale

SE84 Cuadrilla, shale

SE85 Cuadrilla, shale

SE86b INEOS, shale

SE87b Cuadrilla, shale

SE87e INEOS, shale

SE88c Cuadrilla, shale

SE96a INEOS, shale

SE97a Cuadrilla, shale

SE97c INEOS, shale

SE98c Cuadrilla, shale

SE99a Third Energy, shale


TA05 Cuadrilla, shale

TA06b INEOS, shale

TA07a Cuadrilla, shale

TA08 Cuadrilla, shale

TA09 Third Energy

TA15 Cuadrilla, shale

TA16 Cuadrilla, shale

TA17 Cuadrilla, shale

TA18 Cuadrilla, shale



Awarded 17th December 2015 (dark green)

SU34b Cirque, conventional

SU44 Cirque, conventional

SU81 IGas, conventional

SU90a IGas, conventional

SZ38a Angus, conventional

SZ47 Angus, conventional

SZ48 Angus, conventional

SZ57 Angus, conventional

SZ58 Angus, conventional

TQ34d IGas, conventional

South West


Awarded 17th December 2015 (dark green)

SO50 South Western, coal bed methane

SO51 South Western, coal bed methane

SO60a South Western, coal bed methane

SO60b South Western, coal bed methane

SO61 South Western, coal bed methane

ST04 South Western, shale

ST14 South Western, shale

ST24 South Western, shale

ST25 South Western, shale

ST34 South Western, shale

ST35 South Western, shale

ST36 South Western, shale

ST84 South Western, coal bed methane

ST85 South Western, coal bed methane

ST94 South Western, coal bed methane

ST95 South Western, coal bed methane

SY79a South Western, shale

SY88d South Western, shale

SY89b South Western, shale

SY97b Perenco, conventional

SY98c Perenco, conventional

SY99 South Western, shale

SZ07 Infrastrata, conventional

SZ08c Infrastrata, conventional

SZ09a South Western, shale



Awarded 17th December 2015 (dark green)

NZ51 Third Energy, shale

NZ52b Third Energy, shale

NZ52c Third Energy, shale

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20 replies »

  1.  You Legends! Such speed and efficiency.

    Although, I don’t think that SO50 – SO61 is in the SW.  The Forest of Dean is not seen as SW.  Only south of Bristol is SW.  

    As far as I can see on your list of south west, the first one that is Actually in the SW is ST04.

    Great to see Tim’s research from FFCV mentioned, thanks.  Please can you stick a link to us in there too?

    Will see if anyone can update the FFS website. We linked to drill or drop in this weeks FFS newsletter….

    ST36 – you have put:   Operator not yet announced, yet this DECC map says it’s our friend Gerwyn Williams, man of many companies…. Round Block Offered For Award

    Block Ref ST36

    Operator SOUTH WESTERN


    Contact Mr Gerwyn Williams

    Address Unit 9 Bridgend Gusiness Center, Bridgend, CF31 3SH



    Louise – FFS

    PS Got sent this handy link of yesterdays votes earlier today:

    • Hi Louise
      Very fair point on the regions. Will refine this in the days to come. Thanks very much for the links. They’ll be very useful.
      Best wishes, Ruth

  2. I hope Kevin Hollinrake is proud of his actions and his vote yesterday – and of how he sold his constituency to the gas companies. How he has ignored his constituents views and underrepresented us every step of the way. There are a lot of very angry people in Ryedale and the rest of your constituency
    today Mr Hollinrake. Shame on you and this government. And a message for Ineos – the fight starts now and we are not going away.

    • Have to say KT after a day in Wetherby, West Yorks border North Yorks, and running out of campaign leaflets greedily snatched from our hands, it was amazing how hungry people are to sign up to anti frack anything and KM8 Ryedale frack free business campaign. So don’t get too despondent yet. People in Yorkshire are so desperate to ignore the War of the Roses, and are angry about mass water pollution, they are so desperate to get together and see off the Vikiing/Third Energy et al raids and invasions.

      Osborne has seen nothing yet. We’re just breast feeding till we get him weaned onto the solid stuff……well you do have to be gentle with these poor folk from London…………………………………….

      Hollingrake, as with a few others, will soon be thrown out with the nappy disposal…..

    • Have to say KT after a day in Wetherby, West Yorks border North Yorks, and running out of campaign leaflets greedily snatched from our hands, it was amazing how hungry people are to sign up to anti frack anything and KM8 Ryedale frack free business campaign. So don’t get too despondent yet. People in Yorkshire are so desperate to ignore the War of the Roses, and are angry about mass water pollution, they are so desperate to get together and see off the Vikiing/Third Energy et al raids and invasions.

  3. This is really helpful – thank you to those who have compiled this information! I would only suggest that you use slightly stronger colours as I’m having difficulty making out the lighter green and brown on the bigger map.

    • Thanks Tamsin, that’s really helpful to know. We’ll be working on some new maps which will show which companies have what squares. We’ll make sure the colours are very different. Best wishes, Ruth

  4. Love it, look at all those beautiful grip maps! All ready to explore our God given resources beneath our very own Feet. It’s the only way forward to be rid of coal,and have a balance till we find the right renewables that are economically viable. Trust me,I’m all for solar,wind etc,but we can’t just completely stop using fossils fuels on a pin head,its going to take generations to break away from that mold. Gas,has to,and will be part of our generation to come. The carbon footprint of importing our own gas to heat our templed bodies is far greater than it would be to get it from under our sovereignty. Jobs will be created,yes,tax replaced from the diminishing north sea oil industry must be replaced,local communities will prosper,and they must be educated to real views of shale. I don’t care if communities are pissed off about it,and crusty environmentalists go banging on about it thinking its a bad idea.I believe they are wrong. I’ve had to put up with a power station and new housing being built next to my private land, I don’t object,people need jobs,governments need taxes,Britain needs Shale. To those that object to Shale,then let’s carry on buying our gas from the middle East where they found people who take heads off and treat women like dogs,or do we buy from Russia where Mr Vlad Putin believes Sepp Blatter should receive the Nobel Peace prize. Just have a think about that,because they are the places we currently import our Gas from.
    I know what I would rather want! What do you want?

    Like it or not,the government has just voted with a majority to frack. Of course there will be protests,that’s your right,but its also peoples right to secure a future home grown energy source to stop the old and vulnerable from freezing to death each winter.Last year,8000 old age pensioners died because they couldn’t afford heating themselves. Apparently that was a low numbered year as it was a mild winter,food for thought.
    I for one will embrace the Fraccing industry,and look forward to the many opportunities it will create. Good luck all,and here’s to getting away from Russia and the Terrorism of the Middle East. Ching ching.

      • Merthane when burned creates 40% more carbon dioxide than fossil fuels and is not good for people that have breathing difficulties OR GLOBAL WARMING ,north Lincs where I live gets ALL of its water from Bore holes and if the aquifiers get poisioned with the Methanol that is used for fracking can the oil companies still provide us with drinking water and in addition our wild life will suffer by drinking the water that will be stored in Lagoons built to recieve used water ,I CARE FOR MY ENVIRONMENT THE PEOPLE AND ALSO THE WILD LIFE WE HAVE IN LINCOLNSHIRE

    • Watch the truth behind fracking – youtube film – and weep. This is not an interim measure- it will destroy our countryside. At the moment it also costs so much to extract it, that fracking companies in the US f are going bust owing billions. This is a huge fraud to extract money out of investors (pension funds) before the carbon bubble bursts. Look at “Winning the Carbon Wars” by Leggett. If they frack under you – you will know about it!

  5. Really had to laugh at some of the comments being made in the media. “Industrialisation of the countryside”. What do they think the 400 foot high wind turbines are that are already blighting our landscape. Ironic that the greens who have supported wind farm development have opened the doors to fracking. Once the landscape is damaged it becomes degraded in planning terms and further development becomes easier.

  6. The British Geological Survey (BGS) estimates there is about 1,400tn cubic feet of shale gas in the Bowland Basin in the north of England and the Midland valley in Scotland.

    This is enough to meet UK gas demand for more than 400 years based on current consumption. Obviously it is not all recoverable, but we need to be as energy self-sufficient as possible. We and our children live in the real world, not fairy dairy land.

    • Unfortunately there is no such thing as energy self-sufficiency as long as we’re part of the EU. Any energy created will go into the EU grid. Anyone believing what they’re told by industry or government are the ones living in lala land my friend. There isn’t a single argument for fracking that bears even brief scrutiny. Just read the frack free ryedale ‘myths about fracking’ and then tell me fracking is a good idea.

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