The drilling rig held up in a protest in West Sussex this morning has arrived, as expected, at Angus Energy’s Lidsey oil site near Bognor Regis.
A protester climbed onto the rig when it was in the Pease Pottage Services near Crawley at 2.45am. He came down voluntarily about nine and a half hours later. DrillOrDrop report
The rig was photographed arriving at the Lidsey site this afternoon.
The entrepreneur, David Lenigas, who has interests in the Lidsey site, tweeted:
“Great day out at Lidsey. Big kit arrived just now. Lots of kit already here.”
His company, Doriemus, has a 20% direct interest in the Lidsey production licence PL241.
The rig had been held up at Broadford Bridge, near Billingshurst, also in West Sussex, where the site operator, Kimmeridge Oil and Gas Ltd, had to drill a sidetrack after sections of the original well became washed out.
Angus Energy has planning permission to drill a horizontal well at Lidsey to produce oil from the oolite limestone.
The company has said the well will also pass through the Kimmeridge limestone layers, allowing it to carry out detailed logging and sampling.