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Details published on new oil site at Glentworth

IGas plans for a new oil production site near the village of Glentworth in Lincolnshire have been published online.

Proposed site plan (red line) for new Glentworth oil site. Source: IGas planning application

The 4.4ha site could produce oil for up to 10 years, according to the planning application submitted before Christmas.

But the application documents do not confirm how much oil it is expected to produce.

The new site is less than 500m from the existing Glentworth K oil production site. Any oil and water extracted from the new site would be taken to the existing site by pipeline.

During five of the seven phases of the project, there would be peak heavy goods vehicle (HGV) movements of up to 100/day, the application said.

The proposals are currently due to be decided by Lincolnshire County Council planners, under delegated powers, rather than by councillors.

There are currently no online details of a public consultation.

Key details

These details are based on information from the IGas planning application. DrillOrDrop will report on responses to the proposals.

Application number: PL/0135/22

Location: 2.3km to west of the village of Glentworth. Less than a 500m from the existing IGas Glentworth site. 15km from Lincoln and 8.3km from Gainsborough.

Address: Land to west of Northlands Road, Glentworth

Applicant: IGas

Nearest home: 600+m to south west of site

Nearest public bridleway: 770m to south

Proposed size: 4.4ha, including access track

Current use of site: arable farmland

Closest designations: Grade II* Listed Glentworth Hall approximately 2.25km to the east. No landscape or ecological resources within or close to the application site, IGas said.

Lincolnshire Wolds AONB: The site is 20km west of the AONB.

EIA screening decision: Lincolnshire County Council ruled the application did not need an Environmental Impact Assessment

Oil source: Mexborough Rock. IGas said it had “no plans to drill for shale gas on the site”

Proposed duration of planning permission: 21 years

Predicted maximum production: 2,500 barrels of produced liquid a day, comprising oil and water. The rates and ratios are “unknown at present”, IGas said.

Main drill rig height: 38m

Proposed phases

  1. Construction
    Duration: 5 months. Working hours: 7am-7pm, Monday-Friday and 7am-1pm Saturday. Peak HGV traffic: 100/day.
  2. Drilling
    Duration: 5 months. Working hours: 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. Directional appraisal well would be drilled to a depth of about 1,500m. A lateral production sidetrack may be drilled horizontally. Peak HGV traffic: 100/day.
  3. Extended well test
    Duration: 1 year. Working hours: 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. Tanker movements 7am-7pm Monday to Friday and 7am-1pm on Saturdays. Gas will be flared during the test phase. Peak HGV traffic: 10/day.
  4. Well pad extension and pipeline installation
    Duration: 5 months. Working hours: 7am-7pm, Monday-Friday and 7am-1pm Saturday. Peak HGV traffic: 100/day.
  5. Production well drilling
    Duration: 5 months per well. Working hours: 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. Drilling of up to 6 horizontal development wells over a 10-year period. Peak HGV traffic: 100/day.
  6. Production
    Duration: 10 years. Working hours: 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. Maximum measured distance of each well 3,000m. Gas from the well would be used to generate electricity and in heating units to separate oil and water. Peak HGV traffic: 20/day.
  7. Well abandonment: Working hours: 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. Site restoration working hours: 7am-9pm Monday-Friday and 7am-1pm on Saturdays. Peak HGV traffic: 100/day.

Pre-application consultation: There were 50 individual submissions to the IGas pre-application. This followed delivery of letters to 605 homes, a response rate of just over 8%. IGas said 64% of those that responded (23 out of 43 responses) supported domestic oil production generally and 58% (22 out of 43 responses) supported the development of a new site at Glentworth.

Impacts

Air quality: IGas said “the proposed development would not generate unacceptable impacts on air quality subject to controls the controls to be imposed through the Environmental Permitting regime and regulated by the EA [Environment Agency].

Heritage: IGas said the site could be “assumed to have a low to moderate potential for the recovery of archaeological remains” and is “isolated” from designated heritage assets.

Ecology: The application recommended wildlife enhancements, including bird and bat boxes, refuges for amphibians and reptiles and the addition of species-rich hedgerow and grassland, plus tree and shrub planting. The restoration plan would result in a 42% net gain in biodiversity, the application said.

Hydrology: The risks to groundwater were very low or none, provided mitigation measures were implemented, IGas said.

Landscape and visual impact: IGas said the impact would be “acceptable”.

Noise: IGas said there “will not be any unacceptable noise impact from drilling or production operations during the daytime and at night”.

Transport: The application proposes new passing places on Northlands Road and Kexby Road. The site access and local highway network “can be made up to an appropriate standard for use by traffic generated by the development”, IGas concluded.

3 replies »

  1. We do not wish for this to go ahead. Noise pollution, traffic flow and sheer volume of the possibility of 16 vehicles per hour most of which will be lorries are seriously going to impact kexby road with noise and vibration. Please leave our beautiful countryside in peace.

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