Sites: What’s happening where?

Summary of activity and expected operations at key sites, including applications, decisions, company plans and licence changes. 

Rathlin Energy’s West Newton B well site, 23 June 2021. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent

The list is organised alphabetically by county or unitary authority and then by site. Click on the bold red site name to take you to more detailed information.

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Last updated 5/10/2021


Cheshire

Bridge Trafford, A56, Warrington Road, Bridge Trafford, PEDL190IGas
Status: No permissions

Doe Green, Farnworth Road, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2TU, Ineos Shale
Status: Gas production but limited volumes in 2021

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Ellesmere Port-1 site. Photo: DrillOrDrop

Ellesmere Port 1, Portside One, Portside North, Merseyton Road, Ellesmere Port, PEDL184, IGas
Status: Appeal against refusal – decision recovered by business secretary and expected April 2020 but not issued and no scheduled date for announcement.

Ince Marshes, Plot 11 Ince Resource Recovery Park, Lordship Lane, Frodsham, PEDL190IGas
Status: Pre-planning for proposal to drill and frack for shale gas. Application expected after result of Ellesmere Port inquiry but site owner suggests fracking plans have been shelved.


Derbyshire

Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane, Eckington, PEDL300, Ineos Upstream (Ineos Shale)
Status: Approved for exploratory shale gas drilling after appeal but permission lapsed after three years and no action.


Dorset

Athelhampton Road, Puddletown, PEDL327, South Western Energy
Status: Application for construction of site compound and drilling a single vertical well for the appraisal and production of oil. Decision date extended to January 2021 but extended again because of Covid-19 outbreak and more delays expected.


East Riding of Yorkshire

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West Newton-A. Photo: Eddie Thornton

West Newton-A, off Fosham Road, West Newton, PEDL183Rathlin Energy, photos
Status: Testing on second oil/gas exploratory well suspended after oil discovery. Rathlin refused consent for for six more wells, extended well site and long-term production. Details

West Newton-B, Crook Lane, West Newton, PEDL183Rathlin Energy, photos
Status: Drilling completed of first of two permitted wells. Formation damage reported following flow test. Application for more wells and production expected.

West Newton-C, land south east of Smithy Briggs Farm, off Crook Lane, near Burton Constable,  PEDL183Rathlin Energy
Status: Pre-planning application

West Newton-D, Low Fosham Farm, Low Fosham Road, Aldbrough PEDL183Rathlin Energy
Status: Pre-planning application.


Falkirk

Airth, PEDL133, Ineos
Status: long-running planning dispute – planning inquiry was due to be reopened by Scottish government but Ineos withdrew its appeal.


Hampshire

Horndean oil field, PL211, IGas
Status: Producing oil field – next to the former PEDL216 which contained Markwells Wood, with interest from UKOG for horizontal drilling


Isle of Wight

Arreton, PEDL331, UK Oil and Gas Investments PLC
Status: Planning permission refused by Isle of Wight Council. Details

Godshill, PEDL331, UK Oil and Gas Investments PLC
Status: Site and proposals announced at public meeting in December 2019. No application submitted.


Lancashire

Altcar Moss, near Formby PEDL164Aurora Energy Resources
Status: Application to drill and frack for shale gas withdrawn. Experts said seismic data and conclusions were outdated and ecological information incomplete

Elswick, near Blackpool, EXL269, Cuadrilla Elswick
Status: Production site with permission to retain for five more years.

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Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool, 9 January 2020. Photo: Maxine Gill

Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, PEDL165Cuadrilla site photos
Status: Two shale gas wells drilled and partially fracked, both causing earth tremors. Now suspended. PNR1z plugged. Pressure test carried out on PNR2 – due to be completed by 5 August 2020. OGA confirmed in August 2021 there were no permissions in place for an extended well test. Most equipment removed and permits surrendered for drilling, fracking and flaring

Roseacre Wood, Roseacre Road, Roseacre, PEDL165Cuadrilla
Status: Appeal for shale gas exploration and fracking refused. Permit surrendered.


Lincolnshire

Biscathorpe, land off High Street, Biscathorpe, near Louth LN11 9RA PEDL253Egdon Resources
Status: Suspended after unsuccessful drilling. Planning application PL/0037/21 for a sidetrack and production submitted in 2021. Decision expected 1 November 2021.

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Biscathorpe access road. Photo: Nigel Corser

North Kelsey-1, land off Smithfield Road, North Kelsey, Brigg, Lincolnshire LN7 6HG PEDL 241Egdon Resources
Status: Permission to drill for oil but no activity. Application approved for second time extension. Drilling expected in 2021.

Saltfleetby, North End Lane, South Cockerington, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire, PEDL005, Angus Energy
Status: Two planning applications approved by Lincolnshire County Council under delegated powers of new pipeline and processing facilities for resumption of gas production. First gas expected February 2022.

Wressle-1, Lodge Farm, Clapp Gate, Appleby, DN15 0DB, PEDL180Egdon Resources
Status: Permission for long-term oil production granted after second public inquiry. Groundwater monitoring boreholes drilled. Pre-work conditions signed-off. Workover rig delivered 4 January 2021. Proppant squeeze described as a success.


North Yorkshire

Ebberston Moor wellsites, PL077, Third Energy
Status: Various planning permissions

KM8, Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, Ryedale, PL080Third Energy photos
Status: Hydraulic fracturing consent refused. New owners of Third Energy say they have no plans to frack.


Nottinghamshire

Springs Road, Misson, Bassetlaw, PEDL139IGasphotos
Status: Vertical shale gas well drilled, one of two permitted. No news on whether IGas intends to drill second well. Planning application for a further three years refused and IGas ordered to restore site.

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Springs Road, Misson. Photo: Eric Walton

Tinker Lane, Torworth, Bassetlaw, PEDL200IGas, photos
Status: Shale gas well drilled but missed Bowland Shale; well abandoned and site restored


Rotherham

Common Road, HarthillPEDL304Ineos Upstream (Ineos Shale)
Status: Planning permission for shale gas exploration lapsed in June 2021 after no activity except reports of fencing and amendment to traffic management plan.

WoodsettsPEDL304Ineos Upstream (Ineos Shale)
Status: Appeal against refusal – decision recovered by business secretary. Decision expected April 2020 but not issued and no scheduled date for announcement.


Salford

Barton Moss (also known as Irlam 1), PEDL193Ineos Upstream (Ineos Shale)
Status: Well and sidetrack drilled, currently suspended.


Surrey

Albury Park, New Road, Albury, DL004IGas
Status: Permission for compressed natural gas and electricity generation. IGas applied for permission for hydrogen production.

Bletchingley, King’s Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, South Godstone, ML021, IGas
Status: Permission to extend, upgrade and produce for 15 years. IGas applied for permission for hydrogen production.

Brockham, Feltons Farm, Old School Lane, Brockham, Surrey, RH3 7AU, PL235Angus Energy
Status: Well test of Kimmeridge sidetrack unsuccessful. Application for permit variation to allow reinjection of formation water – decision expected in autumn. Production from the Portland promised if reinjection is permitted.

Bury Hill Wood (also known as Leith Hill or Holmwood), Coldharbour Lane, near Dorking, PEDL143UK Oil & Gas plc
Status: Site abandoned after refusal of lease renewal by environment secretary. Licence renamed A24, transferred from Europa to UKOG and later relinquished.

Dunsfold/Loxley, land south of Dunsfold Road and east of High Loxley Road, Surrey, PEDL234UK Oil & Gas
Status: Decision awaited on appeal after public inquiry. Planning application for oil and gas exploration and appraisal refused twice by Surrey County Council.

Horse Hill, near Horley, PEDL 137Horse Hill Developments Ltd
Status: Permission for total of six additional production wells and 20 years of production. Judicial review of permission for production failed but case due to go to Court of Appeal in November 2021. Two original wells drilled. Horse Hill 1 (HH-1) in production since March 2020. HH-2z extended well test continues and water ingress problem resolved. Amended planning application for site storage – no decision details.

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Horse Hill wellsite. Photo: UK Oil & Gas plc

Trafford

DavyhulmePEDL193IGas
Status: Permission granted for 25 years in 2015 but no activity.


West Sussex

Cuadrilla drilling rig leaves the Balcombe, West Sussex, UK site
Equipment leaving Balcombe in 2013. Photo: David Burr

Balcombe, Little Stumble, PEDL244Angus Energy
Status: Short oil flow test carried out in autumn 2018; planning application submitted for three-year flow test and production but withdrawn after objection from Environment Agency and county council. New application submitted and unanimously refused. Angus has appealed. Not details on public inquiry.

Broadford Bridge, Adversane Lane, near Billingshurst RH14 9EB, PEDL234UK Oil & Gas plc
Status: Extension of permission for two years granted in July 2020.  Site currently suspended.

Lidsey, near Bognor Regis, PL214Angus Energy
Status: Oil production but official figures show no production from April 2020 to April 2021.

Markwells Wood, near Rowlands Castle, PEDL126UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC (UKOG)
Status: Abandoned and restored.

Singleton , off A286, Cobblers Row to Middlefield, Singleton PO18 0HL PL240IGas
Status: Producing oil site. IGas granted formal consent from EA to continue reinjection of radioactive waste.

Storrington, Pulborough Road, Storrington, RH20 4HP, PL205, IGas
Status: Producing oil site.


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  • Dorset: Wytch Farm and Kimmeridge
  • Neath-Port Talbot: Foel Fynyddau
  • North Yorkshire: Pickering
  • Vale of Glamorgan: Cowbridge
  • Swansea: Bryntywod, Llangyfelach
  • Warrington: Land south east of M6 jct 21, next to the Thelwall viaduct
  • Other active or planned sites in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales