Sites: What’s happening where?

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

West Newton-B wellsite. Photo: West Newton and Sproatley Gateway to the Gasfields

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.

Please let us know if we’ve missed something important or if the information is wrong or out-of-date. Contact here.

Last updated 6/11/2020


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

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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 but 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.


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 says well test is expected soon.

West Newton-B, Crook Lane, West Newton, PEDL183Rathlin Energy, photos
Status: Drilling underway of first of two permitted wells.

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 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: Site and proposals announced at public meeting in December 2019. Application submitted and public consultation completed. No firm date for decision.

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


Lancashire

Altcar Moss, near Formby PEDL164Aurora Energy Resources
Status: Application to drill and frack for shale gas withdrawn. Experts say 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 underway on PNR2 – due to be completed by 5 August 2020. No details about whether this has been extended.

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 but proposals for a sidetrack

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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

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.

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.


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. Company says it will seek extension of planning permission.

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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: Permission for shale gas exploration but 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.

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

Brockham, Feltons Farm, Old School Lane, Brockham, Surrey, RH3 7AU, PL235Angus Energy
Status: Well test of Kimmeridge sidetrack unsuccessful. Seeking permission to reinjection formation water. 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: Permissions but 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: Planning application for oil and gas exploration and appraisal refused. But decision later rescinded because of technical issues at planning meeting. Second decision meeting due November 2020.

Horse Hill, near Horley, PEDL 137Horse Hill Developments Ltd
Status: Permission for total of six additional production wells and 20 years of production but judicial review hearing at Court of Appeal in November 2020. Two original wells drilled. Horse Hill 1 (HH-1) in production since March but currently shut-in following work to increase flows. HH-2z extended well test continues and water ingress problem resolved. Planning application submitted to increase site storage – to be decided by delegated powers but 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 consulted on but no date for decision meeting.

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 July 2020 (latest data available).

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 seeking formal consent from EA to reinject radioactive waste. No details on when a consultation or decision is expected.

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