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2018 in numbers

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As 2018 concludes, DrillOrDrop has compiled some of the key statistics from the past 12 months for the UK onshore oil and gas industry.


2

Sites restored

  • Cuadrilla’s Becconsall site and Grange Road sites in Lancashire

UKOG is currently restoring Markwells Wood in West Sussex but we understand the work is not yet completed. Source

3

Public inquiries

  • Cuadrilla on traffic plans for Roseacre Wood (April 2018)
  • Ineos on Common Road, Harthill (April-May 2018)
  • Ineos on Bramleymoor Road, Marsh Lane (June 2018)
    Source

3

Wells spudded (start of drilling)

  • Stockbridge-27 – IGas
  • Preston New Road-1z – Cuadrilla
  • Tinker Lane-1 – Dart Energy (East England) Ltd
    Source

3

Sites prepared for drilling

  • Misson Springs – Dart Energy (East England)
  • Tinker Lane – Dart Energy (East England)
  • Biscathorpe – Egdon Resources
    Source

5

Companies awarded injunctions against protests

  • UK Oil & Gas
  • Angus Energy
  • IGas
  • Cuadrilla
  • Europa
    Source

7

Judicial reviews

  • Friends of the Earth against local government secretary on National Planning Policy Framework – Awaiting ruling
  • Friends of the Earth against Environment Agency over Preston New Road environmental permit – Awaiting ruling
  • Talk Fracking against local government secretary on National Planning Policy; Framework – Awaiting ruling
  • Bob Dennett against Lancashire County Council on emergency planning at Preston New Road – Dismissed
  • Ineos and Reach Coal Seam Gas against Scottish Government on fracking policy – Dismissed
  • Paul Andrew against energy and local government secretaries of written ministerial statement on shale gas – Dismissed
  • Leith Hill Action Group against Surrey County Council on permission for cabins and fencing at Bury Hill Wood – Surrey County Council did not fight the case
    Source

10

Planning applications granted

  • Egdon/Biscathorpe – retrospective application for welfare and security cabins at (3/12/2018)
  • UKOG/Broadford Bridge – extension of duration of permission (11/9/2018)
  • Ineos/Bramleymoor Lane – shale gas exploration site appeal allowed (16/8/2018)
  • Angus Energy/Brockham – retrospective application for sidetrack drilling (8/8/2018)
  • Ineos/Harthill – appeal allowed (7/6/2018)
  • IGas/Albury – production and export of gas (delegated powers) (29/5/2018)
  • Europa/Bury Hill Wood – fencing and additional buildings (23/5/2018)
  • Egdon/North Kelsey – drilling and testing an oil well (14/5/2018)
  • Egdon/Biscathorpe – drilling and testing an oil well (14/5/2018)
  • Angus Energy/Lidsey – continued oil production for 10 years (24/4/2018)
    Source

10

Planning applications refused

  • Egdon/Wressle – long-term oil production (28/11/2018)
  • Ineos/Woodsetts – shale gas exploration site (7/9/2018)
  • Egdon/Wressle – extension of permission (1/8/2018)
  • Ineos/Woodsetts – shale gas exploration site (8/3/2018)
  • Ineos/Marsh Lane – shale gas exploration site (5/2/2018)
  • IGas/Ellesmere Port – testing existing well (25/1/2018)
  • Ineos/Harthill – shale gas exploration site (25/1/2018)
  • Cuadrilla/Roseacre Wood – Lancashire County Council view of traffic management plan for Roseacre Wood
  • Cuadrilla/Balcombe – flow testing of existing oil well (9/1/2018)
  • Egdon/Wressle – long-term oil production appeal dismissed (4/1/2018)
    Source

14

UK onshore gas producing fields

Source: Most recent OGA figures Sept 2017-August 2018

15

% of participants in latest government public opinion survey that support shale gas in the UK

This figure was up three percentage points on the level reported a year before in September 2017 but it was down from 28% when the question was first asked. Source

16

% increase in share price for Angus Energy

The company behind the Brockham, Lidsey and Balcombe oil sites saw shares rise over the year from 9p-10.4p. Also up this year was IGas at 5%

31

% of participants in latest government public opinion survey that oppose shale gas in the UK

This figure was down five percentage points on the level reported a year before in September 2017 but it was up from 21% when the question was first asked. Source

42

UK onshore producing oil sites

Source Most recent OGA figures Sept 2017-August 2018

57

Fracking-related earth tremors in Lancashire

The seismic events, which happened on 17 days, comprised three red events (measuring 0.5ML or above during fracking) and four trailing events (0.5ML or above when fracking was not taking place). The largest two events, measuring 1.5 and 1.1 were felt by people locally.
Source

58

% fall in share price for UK Oil & Gas

The company saw its share price fall over the year from 3.14p to 1.32p. Shares also fell in 2018 at A J Lucas, the Australian mining group which is one of the main investors in Cuadrilla (-52%); Europa (-47%); Union Jack Oil (31%); Egdon (13%)

81

% of UK onshore oil produced by the Wytch Farm oil field

Source Most recent OGA figures Sept 2017-August 2018

9.197m

Cost in pounds estimated by Lancashire Constabulary in policing protests at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site.

Source

10.4m

Value in pounds estimated by Cuadrilla of its direct spending in Lancashire since 1 January 2016.

Source


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  1. Thanks for your updates throughout 2018. Keep up the good work and hope that more people and companies realise that we need to keep it in the ground in 2019

  2. Thank you for all you record and report. Your work is invaluable and massively appreciated. Happy New Year DoD and Ruth xxxx

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