Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

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IGas site at Ellesmere Port, 21 January 2019. Photo: DrillOrDrop

Last updated 7/6/2022

Key facts

Address: Ellesmere Port Wellsite, Portside One, Portside North, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 2HQ

Planning application: 09/02169/MIN granted 15/1/2010; 17/03213/MIN refused 25 January 2018

Appeal: reference APP/A0665/W/18/3207952

Operator: IGas


Status: Appeal against refusal for gas well test

Ellesmere Port Portside well site

Site (outlined in red) of the IGas Portside North well site at Ellemere Port. Source: planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council


Last updated  15/10/2022

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7 June 2022

Government refuses permission for Ellesmere Port shale gas plans. Detail

9 April 2022

Two years of missed government deadlines for Ellesmere Port shale gas decisions. Details

15 September 2021

Michael Gove to decide Ellesmere Port shale gas plans. Details

8 April 2021

Government misses deadline on decision by one year. Details

6 May 2020

Government refuses requests to release recommendations on delayed shale gas appeal. Details

23 April 2020

IGas demands answers on Ellesmere Port decision. Details

8 April 2020

Government delays decision on Ellesmere Port appeal. Details

7 January 2020

Decision by local government secretary on appeal over well test set for on, or before, 8 April 2020. Details

8 July 2019

Deadline for submission of inspector’s report set for 23 January 2020.

27 June 2019

Local government secretary “recovers” the appeal – which means the decision will be made by a minister, taking account of a recommendation by the planning inspector. Details

18 June 2019

Decision on IGas appeal delayed because of greenhouse gas reduction targets from Committee on Climate Change. Details

6 March 2019

Final day of public inquiry. Details

5 March 2019

Public inquiry resumes until 6 March. Details

26 February 2019

Public inquiry resumes until 28 February 2019. Details

24 January 2019

Public inquiry in Chester adjourned until 26 February 2019. Details

15 January 2019

Public inquiry opens in Chester on refusal of planning permission. Details

25 July 2018

IGas appeals against refusal of planning permission for Ellesmere Port. Details

25 January 2018

Cheshire West and Chester councillors vote against IGas plans for well testing at Ellesmere Port. Details

17 January 2018

Planning officers recommend approval of IGas well test application. Details

9 January 2018

More than 2,200 people object to IGas plans for well testing at Ellesmere Port. Details

14 August 2017

Council officials investigate how IGas drilled to more than twice the depth referred to in planning consent for Ellesmere Port. Details

20 July 2017

IGas gives notice of application for well test at Ellesmere Port. Details

22 December 2014

Well completion date

15 November 2014

Well spudded

23 June 2011

Discharge of seven conditions of planning permission

15 January 2010

Permission granted for drilling of two coal bed methane boreholes followed by appraisal and production

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