Third Energy has said it will apply to extend the duration of planning permission for the KMA wellsite at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire.
A notice, dated yesterday and posted outside the site, says the company will seek consent to continue use of the KMA site for:
“operations associated with gas production; including production of gas from the existing production borehole, the drilling and testing of one additional production borehole, followed by subsequent production of gas and the maintenance of the wellsite and boreholes (workovers).”
A published notice is 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.
This procedure does not replace any public consultation period of a formal planning application.
It is separate from the permission, granted in 2016, to frack the KM8 well on the site (reference C3/15/00971/CPO). This consent is valid until May 2026.
Condition 3 of this consent said permission was valid until 19 May 2018 when “the development hereby approved shall be discontinued and any buildings and plant shall cease to be used and shall be removed from the site and the site shall be restored”.
Yesterday, Third Energy announced it was selling its onshore gas business to a subsidiary of the American company, Alpha Energy. The deal has to be approved by the Oil & Gas Authority.