Block SZ08c

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Map credit:   DECC Habitats Regulations Assessments of 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licencing Round
(Maps are in the Appendix E link at the bottom of the DECC page)

SZ08c is PEDL330

Licence Operator   Infrastrata
Partner       Southwestern Resources Ltd, Infrastrata PLC

Other blocks in licence None
Licence type
Conventional
Commitments
New 3D seismic surveying
Drill Or Drop clause
One well

Administrative areas covered by licence
Dorset

Parliamentary constituencies and MPs
South Dorset Richard Drax Conservative

European areas overlapping with licence block
  Studland to Portland SAC
Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes SAC
Isle of Portland to Studland Cliffs SAC
Poole Harbour SPA
Dorset Heathlands SPA
Poole Harbour RAMSAR
Dorset Heathlands RAMSAR

European areas outside block which could be adversely affected
St Albans Head to Durlston Head SAC

Sensitivity concerns        Bats, Birds, Coastal habitat, Vibration effects from nearby drilling

Conditions
Stage B, C and D activities will be prohibited at or near to the surface within the boundaries of all European sites in this block. Stage A activities at or near to the surface will be prohibited in certain sites with potentially sensitive features. Stage A  activities, at or near to the surface, are therefore also prohibited in any overlapping areas of two or more European sites, where such activities are prohibited in at least one of those sites (see map in Appendix E). The sites in which Stage A activities are prohibited are: Poole Harbour Ramsar, Dorset Heathlands SPA, Poole Harbour SPA.

Advice
This block has European sites within it, or within 1km of the block boundary. In general, land within approximately 1km of a European site is considered to be of a potentially sensitive nature (due to its proximity to the European site) such that mitigation and/oralternative siting may be required by authorities further considering HRA issues for specific project-level operations. .- In some instances, bird species that are associated with SPAs and some Ramsar sites may rely on non-designated habitats beyond the European site boundaries, and so could be vulnerable to activities occurring outside the designated site itself. Land within 10kmof an SPA, or a Ramsar site designated for its bird populations, is therefore considered to be of a potentially sensitive nature (due to its proximity to the European site) such that mitigation and/or alternative siting may be required by authorities further considering HRAissues for specific project-level operations. The European sites potentially vulnerable in or near this block are Poole Harbour Ramsar, Dorset Heathlands SPA, Poole Harbour SPA.- Coastal or marine habitat features could be vulnerable to any changes in coastal processes that occur due to activities occurring along the coastline. Land located along the coastline (i.e. within 1km of the mean low water level), and which is also within 10km of aEuropean site with coastal habitats, is therefore considered to be of a potentially sensitive nature (due to its potential connectivity to a European site) such that mitigation and/or alternative siting may be required by authorities further considering HRA issues forspecific project-level operations. The European sites potentially vulnerable in or near this block are Poole Harbour Ramsar, Isle of Portland to Studland Cliffs SAC, Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes SAC, Studland to Portland SAC.- Bat species usually rely on non-designated habitats beyond the European site boundaries (bats can commute and forage for many kilometres beyond their core habitat), and so could be vulnerable to activities occurring outside the designated site itself. Land withinthe 10km of an SAC designated for its bat populations is considered to be of a potentially sensitive nature (due to its proximity to the European site) such that mitigation and/or alternative siting may be required by authorities further considering HRA issues for specificproject-level operations. The European sites potentially vulnerable in or near this block are St Albans Head to Durlston Head SAC.- Some of European site interest features (e.g. birds species; fish; marine mammals) are potentially sensitive to noise or vibration effects associated with Stage A activities (as well as Stage B, C and D activities). Land within approximately 1km of a European sitesupporting noise or vibration sensitive features is considered to be of a potentially sensitive nature (due to its proximity to the European site) such that mitigation and/or alternative siting may be required by authorities further considering HRA issues for specific project-level operations. The European sites with features potentially vulnerable to this in or near this block are Poole Harbour Ramsar, Dorset Heathlands SPA, Poole Harbour SPA.

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