Who wants to drill where? Winter 2018/9 update

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IGas site at Misson Springs, Nottinghamshire, 4 February 2019. Photo: Eric Walton

Summary of recent activity and expected operations at key sites, including applications, decisions, company plans and licence changes. 

The list is organised alphabetically by county or unitary authority and then by site. Click on the bold red site name to take you to more detailed information.

Please let us know if we’ve missed something important or if the information is wrong or out-of-date. Contact here.


Bridge Trafford, A56, Warrington Road, Bridge Trafford, PEDL190IGas
Status: No permissions

Doe Green, Farnworth Road, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2TU, Ineos Shale
Status: Production

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IGas site at Ellesmere Port, 21 January 2019. Photo: DrillOrDrop

Ellesmere Port 1, Portside One, Portside North, Merseyton Road, Ellesmere Port, PEDL184, IGas
Status: Appeal against refusal

Ince Marshes, Plot 11 Ince Resource Recovery Park, Lordship Lane, Frodsham, PEDL190IGas
Status: Pre-planning for proposal to drill and frack for shale gas


Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane, Eckington, PEDL300, Ineos Upstream (Ineos Shale)
Status: Approved for exploratory shale gas drilling, no action

East Riding of Yorkshire

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Rathlin Energy’s West Newton A site, 24 January 2019. Photo: Eddie Thornton

West Newton-A, off Fosham Road, West Newton, PEDL183Rathlin Energy, photos
Status: Mobilisation of drilling equipment

West Newton-B, Crook Lane, West Newton, PEDL183Rathlin Energy
Status: Approved for drilling, no action


Horndean oil field, PL211, IGas
Status: Producing oil field. Next to Markwells Wood PEDL216, with interest from UKOG for horizontal drilling.


Isle of Wight

Arreton, PEDL331, UK Oil and Gas Investments PLC
Status: No applications or publicly-identified site but proposals expected soon


Altcar Moss, near Formby PEDL164, Aurora Energy Resources
Status: No applications but proposals expected soon to drill and frack for shale gas

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Removal of fracking equipment from Preston New Road, 2 January 2019. Photo: Ros Wills

Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, PEDL165Cuadrilla site photos
Status: Two shale gas wells drilled; one well fracked; well test underway

Roseacre Wood, Roseacre Road, Roseacre, PEDL165Cuadrilla
Status: Appeal against refusal for shale gas exploration and fracking


Biscathorpe, land off High Street, Biscathorpe, near Louth LN11 9RA PEDL253Egdon Resources
Status: Drilling for oil

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Deliveries to Biscathorpe oil site, 2 January 2019. Photo: Nige Corser

North Kelsey-1, land off Smithfield Road, North Kelsey, Brigg, PEDL 241Egdon Resources
Status: Permission to drill for oil but no activity

Wressle-1, Lodge Farm, Clapp Gate, Appleby, DN15 0DB, PEDL180, Egdon Resources
Status: Appeal against refusal for long-term oil production expected

North Yorkshire

KM8, Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, Ryedale, PL080Third Energy photos
Status: Awaiting fracking approval


Springs Road, Misson, Bassetlaw, PEDL139IGasphotos
Status: Drilling vertical shale gas well, one of two permitted

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IGas site at Misson Springs, 28 January 2019. Photo: Eric Walton

Tinker Lane, Torworth, Bassetlaw, PEDL200, IGas, photos
Status: Shale gas well drilled but missed Bowland Shale, suspended


Common Road, HarthillPEDL304, Ineos Upstream (Ineos Shale)
Status: Permission for shale gas exploration but no activity except reports of fencing

WoodsettsPEDL304Ineos Upstream (Ineos Shale)
Status: Appeal against refusal for shale gas exploration well


Barton Moss (also known as Irlam 1), PEDL193, Ineos Upstream (Ineos Shale)
Status: Well drilled, currently suspended


Albury Park, New Road, Albury, DL004IGas
Status: Permission for compressed natural gas and electricity generation

Bletchingley, King’s Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, South Godstone, ML021, IGas
Status: Permission to extend, upgrade and produce for 15 years

Brockham, Feltons Farm, Old School Lane, Brockham, Surrey, RH3 7AU, PL235, Angus Energy
Status: Various permissions; well test and production

Bury Hill Wood, (also known as Leith Hill or Holmwood), Coldharbour Lane, near Dorking, PEDL143Europa Oil and Gas
Status: Permissions but site abandoned after renewal of lease refused

Horse Hill, near Horley, PEDL 137Horse Hill Developments Ltd
Status: Permissions for three wells; one drilled and currently being flow tested; application in planning system for further four wells

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Horse Hill oil site near Gatwick Airport, October 2018. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent

Loxley/Dunsfold, near Guildford, PEDL234UK Oil & Gas
Status: Planning application for gas exploration and appraisal


Status: Permission granted for 25 years in 2015 but no activity.

West Sussex

Cuadrilla drilling rig leaves the Balcombe, West Sussex, UK site

Equipment leaving Balcombe after drilling in 2013. Photo: David Burr

Balcombe, Little Stumble, PEDL244, Angus Energy
Status: Well test carried out in autumn 2018

Broadford Bridge, Adversane Lane, near Billingshurst RH14 9EB, PEDL234, UK Oil & Gas plc
Status: Permission extended to March 2020 but currently suspended

Lidsey, near Bognor Regis, PL214Angus Energy
Status: Oil production

Markwells Wood, near Rowlands Castle, PEDL126UK Oil & Gas PLC (UKOG)
Status: Abandoned

Singleton , off A286, Cobblers Row to Middlefield, Singleton PO18 0HL PL240IGas
Status: Producing oil site

Storrington, Pulborough Road, Storrington, RH20 4HP, PL205, IGas
Status: Producing oil site

Can you help?

DrillOrDrop is looking for more information about these onshore oil and gas sites. If you can help, please get in touch by clicking here

  • Dorset: Wytch Farm and Kimmeridge
  • Hampshire: Horndean
  • Neath-Port Talbot: Foel Fynyddau
  • North Yorkshire: Ebberston Moor and Pickering
  • Vale of Glamorgan: Cowbridge
  • Swansea: Bryntywod, Llangyfelach
  • Warrington: Land south east of M6 jct 21, next to the Thelwall viaduct
  • Other active or planned sites in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales

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  1. Of course two places where drilling for gas is taking place are Qatar & the USA. Some of that gas is being frozen and shipped long distances to the U.K. in the form of LNG. Yesterday during our current cold snap about 12% of our gas was being supplied in this imported form. Now wouldn’t it be greener and cheaper to produce some of our own onshore gas to avoid these unnecessary imports.

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