A new planning application for oil production at the Wressle site near Scunthorpe is expected by the end of April, one of the partners in the project has said.
Two previous applications have been rejected by North Lincolnshire Council and by a planning inspector.
In a statement to investors yesterday, Union Jack Oil plc said a new application was currently being prepared to develop the Wressle site:
“The joint venture partners remain fully committed to the future development of Wressle and the new application will address the concerns previously raised by the Planning Inspector.
“The Joint Venture partners remain confident that the Wressle development project will be brought to production status and will continue to pursue all credible avenues to achieve this objective. An Environmental Agency permit for production is already in place for the Wressle oil development project.”
The Wressle well, which is expected to take oil from PEDL180 and 182, is expected to flow at 500 barrels per day.
Bury Hill Wood/Leith Hill
Union Jack said it expected a “high-impact conventional exploration well” would be drilled during 2018 at what it called the Holmwood site, also known as Bury Hill Wood or Leith Hill, in Surrey. The site, in PEDL143, south of Dorking, had been estimated to hold prospective resources of 5.6m barrels of oil, the company said. Planning permission was granted in August 2015 after a public inquiry. The operator, Europa Oil and Gas, is working to fulfil the final planning condition, a construction traffic management plan. The consultation on a radioactive substances permit opened today
Partners had approved drilling in 2018 of Biscarthorpe-2, also described as a “high-impact conventional” well. The site, west of Louth in Lincolnshire, in PEDL253, was estimated to have a prospective resource of 14m barrels of oil. The Biscathorpe-1 well, drilled in 1987, encountered a thin oil-filled sandstone, Union Jack said. The new well would target a potentially thicker sand development. Planning permission for drilling and testing was granted in March 2015.
Union Jack said workovers were underway on the FA-1 and FA-3 wells at this oilfield in EXL294, west of Newark in Nottinghamshire. Reprocessing of 3D seismic data would help identify further potential drilling opportunities to increase production, the company said. Results from the workover were expected during the first quarter of this year and the reprocessing in the first half. Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) data for the 12 months from November 2016-October 2017 (the most recent available) shows that Fiskerton Airfield produced 893m3 of oil, or 0.09% of national onshore oil production.
Kirklington and Dukes Wood Oilfields
Options to bring these previously producing oilfields in Nottinghamshire back to production were being evaluated, Union Jack said. Neither Kirklington, PEDL118) or Dukes Wood (PEDL203) had produced any oil in the most recent 12 months for which data is available, according to OGA figures.
Union Jack said development plans were being considered to increase oil production at this field in PEDL005, east of Louth in Lincolnshire. It is currently producing 30 barrels a day, the company said. OGA data from the most recent 12 months show it produced 1123m3, or 0.1% of UK onshore oil. The Louth prospect is estimated to have prospective resources of 1.4m barrels, Union Jack said.
David Bramhill, executive chairman of Union Jack, said:
“Union Jack is seeing a significant effect on the value of its oil production assets resulting from an improved oil price environment. The oil price also enables us to discuss with our partners methods to expand oil production at the existing Keddington, Fiskerton Airfield, Kirklington and Dukes Wood oilfields all of which have production licences and dedicated production facilities so are not as dependent upon local planning application approvals.”