Work to start oil production at the Wressle site near Scunthorpe is still awaiting the discharge of planning conditions.
The consent required Egdon to comply with 20 conditions. Four of them must be signed-off before the development could begin. A fifth condition required Egdon to submit key information before drilling or stimulation could start. Wressle appeal decision
DrillOrDrop readers asked us to investigate the progress on the sign-off of these conditions by North Lincolnshire Council, the local planning authority.
In response to our freedom of information request, the council revealed that one pre-commencement condition had been discharged on 29 April 2020.
This was condition 15, which required Egdon to submit a borehole installation plan to the council. The plan involved deepening three existing groundwater monitoring boreholes and drill an additional monitoring borehole.
In a statement in May 2020, Egdon confirmed that it had installed four groundwater monitoring boreholes. The first three months of sampling would establish baseline groundwater quality, the company said.
The council’s FOI response also confirmed that other conditions had not yet been discharged. It said:
“Details have been submitted and are awaiting consideration for the discharge of conditions 4, 16 and 17.”
Condition 4: requires Egdon to submit a noise management plan for written approval by the council. This shall “clearly set out all potential sources of noise and techniques to be used to prevent and mitigate noise”.
Condition 16: requires a scheme for on-site load bearing testing to be submitted and approved by the local planning authority.
Condition 17: requires a construction quality assurance report to be submitted and approved by the local planning authority.
The council added:
“There will also be a requirement for condition 5 to be discharged to the satisfaction of the local planning authority before any works can be commenced.”
Condition 5: requires Egdon to submit details of the name, make, model and technical noise specification of the drilling rig to the council for approval before drilling or well stimulation can begin.
Egdon’s most recent statement on Wressle said it continued “to make good progress with the Wressle development despite the current challenging operating environment” [because of Covdi-19].
It had previously forecast that the first oil from Wressle would flow during the second half of 2020.