Angus Energy told investors this morning it was seeking the go-ahead for on-site power generation at its Brockham oil site in Surrey.
The company said in a statement it had included the proposal in changes to an addendum to its Field Development Plan, submitted to the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA).
The statement said:
“These provisions detail a safe and efficient production process which will have the added benefit of allowing the Company to repurpose surplus power to the National Grid.”
The site near Dorking is the subject of a planning dispute with Surrey County Council. Angus has said it had planning permission for a sidetrack well drilled in January 2017. It has also consistently said there is planning consent for future production from the well.
The County Council has said repeatedly that Angus should apply for retrospective planning permission for drilling the sidetrack. Production from the sidetrack would need a new planning application, the council has said.
Last week, the council’s planning committee approved a retrospective application for buildings, equipment and fencing at the Brockham site. But Angus was accused of betraying the authority’s trust. DrillOrDrop report
Despite this, Angus said in today’s statement:
“The Company is preparing for final site preparation and subsequent production once the amended FDP [Field Development Plan] Addendum is approved by the OGA.”
Angus had previously told shareholders it expected to produce from Brockham by the end of the summer. The statement conceded this would now not happen:
“Given the required amendments to the FDP Addendum, the Company’s previous guidance regarding bringing Brockham into production by the end of the summer is now delayed.
“The Company will work to commence production as soon as practical following OGA approval of the FDP Addendum and will update Shareholders in due course.”
The statement also said operations to drill a sidetrack well at the company’s Lidsey site near Bognor Regis in West Sussex were on schedule. It said:
“A 9 5/8” steel casing has now been set and cemented and the Company is preparing for the next phase of operations: drilling the 8 1/2″ section which will pass through the Kimmeridge layer.
“This will be followed by a 6” section to be drilled through the Great Oolite production reservoir.
“Upon completion of this well, the drilling rig will be mobilised off-site and the field is expected to recommence production.”