Sites: What’s happening where?

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Fracking equipment at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, 28 November 2018. Photo: Ros Wills

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

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Please let us know if we’ve missed something important or if the information is wrong or out-of-date.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 12/8/2019


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, Portside One, Portside North, Merseyton Road, Ellesmere Port, PEDL184, IGas
Status: Appeal against refusal – decision recovered by business secretary and expected 2020.

Ince Marshes, Plot 11 Ince Resource Recovery Park, Lordship Lane, Frodsham, PEDL190IGas
Status: Pre-planning for proposal to drill and frack for shale gas


Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane, Eckington, PEDL300, Ineos Upstream (Ineos Shale)
Status: Approved for exploratory shale gas drilling, no action

East Riding of Yorkshire

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West Newton-A, off Fosham Road, West Newton, PEDL183Rathlin Energy, photos
Status: Testing second oil/gas exploratory well

West Newton-B, Crook Lane, West Newton, PEDL183Rathlin Energy
Status: Approved for oil/gas exploratory drilling, no action


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

Isle of Wight

Arreton, PEDL331, UK Oil and Gas Investments PLC
Status: No applications or publicly-identified site but proposals expected soon


Altcar Moss, near Formby PEDL164Aurora Energy Resources
Status: Consultation on application to drill and frack for shale gas

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Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, PEDL165Cuadrilla site photos
Status: Two shale gas wells drilled; one well partially fracked and tested; fracking of second well started 15 August 2019

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


Biscathorpe, land off High Street, Biscathorpe, near Louth LN11 9RA PEDL253Egdon Resources
Status: Suspended after unsuccessful drilling

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North Kelsey-1, land off Smithfield Road, North Kelsey, Brigg, PEDL 241Egdon Resources
Status: Permission to drill for oil but no activity

Wressle-1, Lodge Farm, Clapp Gate, Appleby, DN15 0DB, PEDL180Egdon Resources
Status: North Lincolnshire Council has dropped objection to long-term oil production; pubic inquiry due to start on 5 November expected to focus on conditions

North Yorkshire

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

KM8, Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, Ryedale, PL080Third Energy photos
Status: Awaiting fracking approval


Springs Road, Misson, Bassetlaw, PEDL139IGasphotos
Status: Drilling vertical shale gas well, one of two permitted; decision on second well imminent

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


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 and expected 2020.


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


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: Various permissions; well test of Kimmeridge sidetrack unsuccessful

Bury Hill Wood (also known as Leith Hill or Holmwood), Coldharbour Lane, near Dorking, PEDL143Europa Oil & Gas
Status: Permissions but site abandoned after renewal of lease refused

Dunsfold/Loxley, land south of Dunsfold Road and east of High Loxley Road, Surrey, PEDL234UK Oil & Gas
Status: Two planning applications and published for oil and gas exploration and appraisal; consultation underway

Horse Hill, near Horley, PEDL 137Horse Hill Developments Ltd
Status: Permissions for six production wells and 20 years of production; one drilled and currently being flow tested; drilling of second imminent.

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

West Sussex

Cuadrilla drilling rig leaves the Balcombe, West Sussex, UK site

Balcombe, Little Stumble, PEDL244Angus Energy
Status: Short oil flow test carried out in autumn 2018; application expected for extended flow test and production

Broadford Bridge, Adversane Lane, near Billingshurst RH14 9EB, PEDL234UK Oil & Gas plc
Status: Permission extended to March 2020 but currently suspended

Lidsey, near Bognor Regis, PL214Angus Energy
Status: Oil production

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

Singleton , off A286, Cobblers Row to Middlefield, Singleton PO18 0HL PL240IGas
Status: Producing oil site

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