Brockham, Surrey

brockham-rig2-jon-ohouston

Photo: John O’Houston

Key facts

Address: Feltons Farm, Old School Lane, Brockham, Surrey RH3 7AU

Planning applicationSCC reference 2007/0443, application number M007/0161, approved under delegated powers 18 June 2007

Operator: Angus Energy (65%)

Partners: Brockham Capital Ltd (10%), Doriemus PLC (10%), Terrain Energy Ltd (10%), Alba Minerals (5%)

PL235

Wells: Brockham-1 (BR-x1) drilled by BP in 1987; BR-2Y capable of producing 35 barrels per day (according to the industry), Brockham X3 (2007); Brockham X2z (1998), Brockham X4Z (2017) (Source: OGA and Terrain Energy)

Timeline

9 March 2017

Surrey County Council says it’s “extremely disappointed” that Brockham well was “drilled without permission”. Details

3 February 2017

Brockham Protection Camp disbanded. Details

2 February 2017

David Lenigas, chair of Doriemus PLC (which has a 10% stake), says Brockham is the key to unlocking potential oil production in the Weald basin. The results of work on the well should be known in three weeks, he says. Details

30 January 2017

Equipment moved off Brockham well site

27 January 2017

Workover rig taken down. Details

26 January 2017

Angus Energy confirms it has finished work to complete, log, case and cement the well at Brockham. Chairman, Jonathan Tidswell-Pretorius, says the work encountered hydrocarbons missed in previous drilling by BP in 1987. Details

Email from Surrey County Council explains why 24-hour working had been necessary:

“one of the wells was found to be ‘live’ resulting from hydrocarbons bypassing an isolation plug. As such, they needed to work quickly to ‘kill’ that section of the well by sealing it and cementing it ASAP: abandoning the well safely. This was why the 24-Hr working was deemed expedient by officers.” Details

18 January 2017

Angus Energy statement that the company had completed upgrade work on production bunds and well intervention is continuing. Details

9 January 2017

Five people arrested at Brockham oil site. Details

brockham-170110-1-jon-ohouston

Still from video by Jon O’Houston

16 December 2016

Angus Energy statement that it had increased its stake in the site and exploration licence to 65% by acquiring 10% interest from Terrain Energy for £100,000. Details

15 December 2016

Angus Energy statement that the company has approval from the OGA and HSE to carry out work on the BR-X4Z well

8 December 2016

Brockham Protection Camp established at Old School Lane, Brockham, Surrey, RH3 7AU, where Angus Energy says it plans to drill a side-track well.

14 November 2016

Angus Energy says in a statement is has received permission from the Environment Agency to drill the BR-X4Z sidetrack at Brockham Details

7 November 2016

Dowgate Capital, quoted by Directors Talk, says the Brockham side-track well was expected to be spudded within the next few weeks. Details But Surrey County Council says Angus Energy does not have planning permission for vertical or horizontal drilling at the site.

27 June 2016

David Lenigas appointed executive chairman of Doriemus PLC, which has a 10% interest in Brockham and the production licence PL235

24 July 2007

Brockham X4 spudded by Key Petroleum Weald Basin Ltd (Source: DECC landwells data)

14 July 2007

Brockham X3 spudded by Midmar (Source: DECC landwells data)

 18 June 2007

Surrey County Council approved under delegated powers application 2007/0443 by Midmar Energy Onshore Ltd for installation and operation of a drilling rig on existing wellsite for workover programme and drilling a new well.

31 October 2003

Brockham X2Y spudded by Midmar Energy (Source: DECC landwells data)

12 May 1998

Brockham X2Z spudded by Soco (Source: DECC landwells data)

26 April 1998

Broxkham X2 spudded by Soco (Source: DECC landwells data)

15 August 1987

Brockham-1 (BR-X1) discovery well spudded by BP – reported finds of oil in the Portland sandstone (Source: DECC landwells data)