Horse Hill, Horley, Surrey

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Photo: HHDL

Key facts

Address: Horse Hill 1 well site, Horse Hill, Hookwood, Horley, Surrey RH6 0RB

Latest planning application: SCC ref 2016/0189

Operator: Horse Hill Developments Ltd (HHDL)

Majority investor: UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc (UKOG)

PEDL137

Timeline

31 July 2017

Target date for a decision on the application after Surrey County Council seeks further information on planning application (SCC ref 2016/0189) for appraisal and testing of existing Horse Hill-1 well, drilling a sidetrack to HH-1 and drilling a second deviated borehole, followed by flow testing and restoration

12 July 2017

Scheduled date for Surrey County Council planning committee at which Horse Hill planning application SCC ref 2016/0189 could be discussed

22 December 2016

Consultation opens on environmental permit application for extended flow testing and drilling. Details

3 November 2016

Planning application (SCC ref 2016/0189) published for appraisal and testing of existing Horse Hill-1 well, drilling a sidetrack to HH-1 and drilling a second deviated borehole, followed by flow testing and restoration

27 October 2016

Latest planning application validated

14 October 2016

Latest planning application for additional wells and extended flow testing submitted to Surrey County Council

1 October 2016

Horse Hill Developments Ltd confirms it is preparing to submit a planning application for flow testing and new wells at Horse Hill. Details

25 July 2016

Eight anti-fracking campaigners found guilty of offences arising from protests outside the Horse Hill site. One was found not guilty. Details

21 July 2016

Public exhibition about plans for Horse Hill at Charlwood Parish Hall, 2pm-7pm. Residents say it’s the wrong site Details But Stephen Sanderson, executive chairman of UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc, suggested 1% of production revenues could go to local landowners and residents Details

1 July 2016

The Oil and Gas Authority announces new work programme for PEDL246 at Horse Hill, including the requirement to drill a sidetrack by 30 September 2017. Details

28 June 2016

Surrey County Council confirms an Environmental Impact Assessment is not required for future drilling and testing

17 June 2016

Nine Horse Hill  protesters cleared after a trial in Redhill Details

13 June 2016

Prosecutors drop case against a protester arrested at Horse Hill. Details

26 May 2016

UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc announces it has raised £4m through the placing of ordinary shares in the company. The proceeds are to be used on the Weald Basin portfolio, including Horse Hill. Statement

16 May 2016

Pre-application meeting with Surrey County Council planning officers about further proposals for the site, including extended well tests and new wells

18 April 2016

UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc acquires all of Angus Energy Holdings in Horse Hill Developments Ltd for  £1m cash and £0.8m in shares. Statement

21 March 2016

UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc announces rates of 323 barrels of oil per day from the final Portland flow test. This brings the total aggregate rate to 1,688 barrels of oil per day, which UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc describes as  “exceptional” for the Kimmeridge Limestones and Portland Sandstones. Statement

9 March 2016

UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc reports oil flow rates of 168 barrels per day from the Upper Portland sandstone at about 615m below ground level. The two Kimmeridge and Upper Portland zones have a combined flow rate of 1,528 barrels per day. Statement

1 March 2016

UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc reports oil flows in excess of 900 barrels per day from Upper Kimmeridge limestone interval at 840m below ground level. Statement

20 February 2016

Rally and cycle ride from Horley to Horse Hill to protest at flow testing. Photos

19 February 2016

Lock-on protest on a tanker visiting the Horse Hill site. Details

18 February 2016

Environment Agency reports no odour or water quality issues after complaints about Horse Hill testing. Details

17 February 2016

Company reports 40-degree API sweet oil flowed naturally from the Lower Kimmeridge limestone interval at about 900m below ground level. Statement

16 February 2016

Neighbours complain about smell at Horse Hill as company reports oil flows from the Lower Kimmeridge Limestones. Company statement

8 February 2016

Flow testing operations begin. Statement

3 February 2016

Surrey Police warn protesters will be arrested for obstructing the highway at Horse Hill. Details

2 February 2016

Workover rig installed for flow testing at Horse Hill. Details

2016

30 November 2015

Environment Agency issues a variation to the mining waste permit to allow flow testing of the exploratory oil well. Details and company statement

26 August 2015

UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc announces estimates of oil in place in its Weald licences at 10.993bn barrels. Statement

8 July 2015

David Lenigas steps down as chairman of UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc. Statement

18 June 2015

UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc announces results of a Nutech study which estimates 9,245m barrels of oil in the Kimmeridge shales and tight limestones. Statement

28 May 2015

Horse Hill Developments Ltd applies for variation of mining waste permit to allow further well testing.

8 May 2015

Two anti-fracking campaigners are found guilty of obstruction outside the Horse Hill-1 well site. Details

28 April 2015

UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc confirms that the operator of Horse Hill has applied to the Oil and Gas Authority for a one-year extension to PEDL137, which has an initial term that expires on 30 September 2015. Statement

15 April 2015

UK Oil & Gas Investments issues a clarification on estimated oil in the Weald Basin. Statement

9 April 2015

Stephen Sanderson, executive chairman of UK Oil & Gas Investments plc tells the BBC there could be 100bn barrels of oil in the Weald. Analysis of the Horse Hill well suggests the area around the well could hold 158m barrels of oil per square mile. DrillOrDrop report and  Reaction

18 March 2015

UK Oil & Gas Investments says analysis of cores taken from Horse Hill confirms 407 net feet of potential oil play in the Kimmeridge Clay, Oxford Clay and Middle Lias formations, as well as 102 Portland sandstone oil play already reported. Statement

3 February 2015

Stephen Sanderson, executive chairman of UK Oil & Gas Investments plc, tells investors shall found at the Horse Hill well is a world class source rock for oil. DrillorDrop report

2015

17 December 2014

Estimated oil in place in the Upper Portland sandstone put at 8.2 million barrels, up from an earlier estimate of 3.1m barrels. Statement

5 November 2014

Horse Hill-1 well drilled to 8,770ft and completed. Statement

24 October 2014

UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc announces an estimated 3.1m barrels of oil in place in the Upper Portland. Statement

16 October 2014

Horse Hill-1 well drilled to 6,612ft. Statement

7 October 2014

David Lenigas, chairman of UK Oil & Gas, tells BBC Radio Surrey the Horse Hill site could yield 80m barrels of oil and 160 bn cubic feet of gas, worth £2bn. Details

6 October 2014

Alba Mineral Resources, which has a stake in the Horse Hill-1 well, announces oil shows were identified in the Portland Sandstone. Statement

Protest picnic at Horse Hill-1 well. DrillorDrop report

29 September 2014

Horse Hill-1 well drilled to 1,795ft. Statement

24 September 2014

Marriott 50 rig drilling at depth of 116ft. Statement

18 September 2014

Magellan Petroleum Corporation confirms it will not proceed with option to acquire additional logs beyond those required for the conventional targets at Horse Hill-1, allowing drilling to be completed on schedule in about six weeks. Statement

 2 September 2014

Horse Hill-1 well spudded. Statement

13 August 2014

UK Oil & Gas increases its stake in the Horse Hill field to 20% for £750,000. Details

2014

16 January 2012

Surrey County Council issues decision document on planning permission for exploratory wellsite with one borehole and short-term testing (SCC ref 2010/0197)

9 November 2011

Surrey County Council grants planning permission for exploratory wellsite with one borehole and short-term testing (SCC ref 2010/0197)

17 November 2010

Surrey County Council validates planning application SCC ref 2010/0197 for an exploratory wellsite, drilling one borehole and short-term testing

15 October 2010

Magellan Petroleum UK Ltd submits planning application SCC ref 2010/0197 for an exploratory wellsite, drilling one borehole and short-term testing