Rathlin Energy has given more details of revised extension and production plans at its West Newton-A oil and gas site in East Yorkshire.
A major application for site enlargement, more drilling and long-term hydrocarbon production was refused planning permission in September 2021.
East Riding of Yorkshire councillors said the addition of six new wells, taking the total to eight, was not an appropriate scale for the local landscape and would be out of character. They also said the number of heavy lorries serving the site on rural roads would be unacceptable.
Last week, Rathlin Energy said it would submit a revised planning application by the end of 2021 to address councillors’ concerns.
Residents attending a meeting of the local community liaison group (CLG) yesterday said Rathlin now proposed to reduce the number of new wells from six to four.
But the company reportedly conceded that sidetrack and/or lateral wells could be drilled from each of the main existing and new boreholes.
Rathlin’s original application sought to extend West Newton-A from the current 0.9ha to 3.46ha, more than trebling the footprint. Reports from last night’s meeting said the company now proposed to scale back the extension to 2.5ha.
But according to CLG members, the company said the daily number of heavy goods vehicles expected to visit the site during the drilling phase would be unchanged.
Rathlin had previously estimated there would be 25 movements into the site and 25 out per day for eight weeks per well during mobilisation and demobilisation.
Last night, the company reportedly told the CLG this period of HGV movements would be shorter because there would be two fewer main boreholes.
Residents also reported that Rathlin still aimed to have 10 tankers exporting oil from the site each day during 20-years of production.
DrillOrDrop has asked Rathlin Energy about its plans for West Newton-A. The company’s spokesperson referred us to a statement made last month and said Rathlin would not be answering any questions.