Kimmeridge Oil & Gas has given formal notice that it is seeking to extend the planning permissions at its exploration site at Broadford Bridge, near Billingshurst.
The company, a subsidiary of UK Oil & Gas Investments plc, posted an official notice (below) in this week’s County Times newspaper.
It said Kimmeridge Oil & Gas (KOGL) would be applying to West Sussex County Council to amend the duration condition of a previous planning permission.
This would allow another 18 months for site retention and restoration, the notice said.
The current planning permission, approved unanimously in September 2017, is due to expire on 15 September 2018.
If approved, KOGL’s new application could take the expiry date to February 2020.
A separate notice (below right) says KOGL will apply to extend another consent at the site for security fencing, gates and cabins, also for a further 18 months.
That permission is due to expire on 30 September 2018 or within three months of the end of operations at the site, whichever is soonest.
The notices are required under Article 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2015.
This obliges people proposing to apply for planning permission for mineral working to inform formally the owners or tenants of land to which the application relates.
Under the order, the notice must be displayed for not less than seven days in the period of 21 days immediately before the application is made to the local planning authority.
Any representations must be made to West Sussex County Council by 28 June 2018. This period does not replace any public consultation period when the application has been submitted and published by the council.
In March 2018, UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) announced it had stopped flow testing and suspended the well at Broadford Bridge. It described oil flows in the well and sidetrack (known as BB-1 and BB-1/z) as likely to be “sub-commercial”.
In a statement to investors on 29 March, UKOG said:
“A further BB-1z sidetrack and/or alternate completion and reservoir stimulation techniques are under consideration to help deliver higher sustainable rates and possible future commerciality at BB-1/1z.”
In May, Executive Chairman, Stephen Sanderson, said a further sidetrack of the Broadford Bridge well “remains very much on the cards”.
The Broadford Bridge well was first granted planning permission in February 2013. Site construction began in September 2014 but drilling did not begin until May 2017. In August 2017, UKOG confirmed a sidetrack well had been drilled to avoid problems in the main wellbore.