Drilling of a production well at the Lidsey oil site near Bognor Regis in West Sussex has begun, according to a statement from the operator, Angus Energy.
The company told investors this morning it expected oil production would begin in six weeks.
Previously, Angus executives had predicted that the new well would be producing by this summer.
But the start of work at Lidsey had been delayed when the drilling rig was needed for longer than had been expected at the Broadford Bridge exploration site near Billingshurst, also in West Sussex. A well there had to be abandoned after sections were washed out and the operator, Kimmeridge Oil and Gas, had to drill a new sidetrack.
Angus Energy said in today’s statement that the new well – to be called Lidsey-X2 – would target the Oolite limestone. But it was expected to pass through the Kimmeridge limestone – the formation being explored at Broadford Bridge and at Horse Hill in Surrey. Angus said the well would take logs from the Kimmeridge layers.
The existing well at Lidsey, Lidsey-X1, may be used in future for water reinjection or production from the Kimmeridge, the statement added. A decision would be made after the new well was drilled.
- Angus Energy’s retrospective planning application for equipment and buildings on its site at Brockham near Dorking comes before Surrey County Council’s planning committee this morning. DrillOrDrop will be reporting on the meeting.