Block SZ48a

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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)

SZ48a is part of PEDL331
Licence Operator
   Angus
Partner   UK OIL AND GAS INVESTMENTS PLC,  SOLO OIL PLC,  ANGUS ENERGY LIMITED

Other blocks in PEDL SZ38aSZ58a SZ47SZ57
Licence type Conventional
Commitments 1 well, new 2D seismic survey
Drill Or Drop clause None

The licence in this area covers several blocks, including this one. The listed commitments are for the whole licence area, not per block.

Administrative areas covered by licence
Isle of Wight

Parliamentary constituencies and MPs
Isle of Wight  Andrew Turner         Conservative

Protected landscapes
Includes part of the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

European areas overlapping with licence block
South Wight Maritime SAC
Solent Maritime SAC
Isle of Wight Downs SAC
Solent and Southampton Water SPA
Solent and Southampton Water RAMSAR

European areas outside block which could be adversely affected
Briddesford Copses SAC
Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons SAC
New Forest SPA

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 . The sites in which Stage A activities are prohibited are: Solent &Southampton Water Ramsar, Solent and Southampton Water 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/or alternative 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 HRA issues for specific project-level operations. The European sites potentially vulnerable in or near this block are Solent & Southampton Water Ramsar, New Forest SPA, Solent and Southampton Water 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 a European 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 Solent & Southampton Water Ramsar, Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons SAC, Solent Maritime SAC, South Wight Maritime 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 specific project-level operations. The European sites potentially vulnerable in or near this block are Briddlesford Copses 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 site supporting 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 Solent & Southampton Water Ramsar, New Forest SPA, Solent and Southampton Water SPA

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