Summary of 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.
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Last updated 31/3/22
Doe Green, Farnworth Road, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2TU, Ineos Shale
Status: No gas production in 11 months of 2021
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, PEDL190, IGas
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.
Athelhampton Road, Puddletown, PEDL327, South Western Energy
Status: Application withdrawn March 2022 for construction of site compound and drilling a single vertical well for the appraisal and production of oil. Latest
East Riding of Yorkshire
West Newton-B, Crook Lane, West Newton, PEDL183, Rathlin Energy, photos
Status: Drilling completed of first of two permitted wells. Formation damage reported following flow test. Permission granted for another three years at the site. Latest
Airth, PEDL133, Ineos
Status: long-running planning dispute – planning inquiry was due to be reopened by Scottish government but Ineos withdrew its appeal.
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
Godshill, PEDL331, UK Oil and Gas Investments PLC
Status: Site and proposals announced at public meeting in December 2019. No application submitted.
Altcar Moss, near Formby PEDL164, Aurora 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Status: Application to drill and frack for shale gas withdrawn. Experts said seismic data and conclusions were outdated and ecological information incomplete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 but no production for more than eight years. Cuadrilla said it planned to plug and abandon the well. Latest
Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, PEDL165, Cuadrilla site photos
Status: Two shale gas wells drilled and partially fracked, both causing earth tremors. Cuadrilla ordered to plug and abandon the wells. But suggestions that the work could be delayed by a year. Planning permission expires April 2023. Latest
Biscathorpe, land off High Street, Biscathorpe, near Louth LN11 9RA PEDL253, Egdon Resources
Status: Suspended after unsuccessful drilling. Planning application PL/0037/21 for a sidetrack and production refused 1 November 2021. Details Appeal submitted but no details yet.
North Kelsey-1, land off Smithfield Road, North Kelsey, Brigg, Lincolnshire LN7 6HG PEDL 241, Egdon Resources
Status: Permission refused for the third extension of planning permission for 12 months and a change to the route of the exploration well. Latest
Saltfleetby, North End Lane, South Cockerington, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire, PEDL005, Angus Energy
Status: All planning applications approved by Lincolnshire County Council under delegated powers for new pipeline, processing facilities and revised site layout. Delay to first gas predictions, originally February 2022.
Wressle-1, Lodge Farm, Clapp Gate, Appleby, DN15 0DB, PEDL180, Egdon 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. Formal production not yet approved.
Ebberston Moor wellsites, PL077, Third Energy
Status: Various planning permissions
KM8, Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, Ryedale, PL080, Third Energy photos
Status: Hydraulic fracturing consent refused. New owners of Third Energy say they have no plans to frack and are planning geothermal trials.
Springs Road, Misson, Bassetlaw, PEDL139, IGas, photos
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. Not work yet underway. Latest
Common Road, Harthill, PEDL304, Ineos 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. Latest
Woodsetts, PEDL304, Ineos Upstream (Ineos Shale)
Status: Appeal against refusal – decision recovered by business secretary. Decision expected 8 April 2020 but not issued and no scheduled date for announcement.
Albury Park, New Road, Albury, DL004, IGas
Status: Permission for compressed natural gas and electricity generation. IGas applied for permission for hydrogen production. Decision expected 27 April 2022.
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. Decision expected 27 April 2022.
Brockham, Feltons Farm, Old School Lane, Brockham, Surrey, RH3 7AU, PL235, Angus Energy
Status: Well test of Kimmeridge sidetrack unsuccessful. Application for permit variation to allow reinjection of formation water – no decision yet. Application to produce oil for 15 years from a well. Decision expected 27 April 2022.
Bury Hill Wood (also known as Leith Hill or Holmwood), Coldharbour Lane, near Dorking, PEDL143, UK 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, PEDL234, UK 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 137, Horse Hill Developments Ltd
Status: Permission for total of six additional production wells and 20 years of production. Judicial review of permission for production failed and split decision at 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. Decision on environmental permit variation expected soon.
Davyhulme, PEDL193, IGas
Status: Permission granted for 25 years in 2015 but no activity.
Balcombe, Little Stumble, PEDL244, Angus Energy
Status: Short oil flow test carried out in autumn 2018. Application for flow test unanimously refused. Appeal to be decided by documents (not public inquiry). Final comments due 14 April 2022. Link
Broadford Bridge, Adversane Lane, near Billingshurst RH14 9EB, PEDL234, UK Oil & Gas plc
Status: Application for a further two years, the fourth extension, submitted January 2022. Decision expected April 2022. Site currently suspended. Latest
Storrington, Pulborough Road, Storrington, RH20 4HP, PL205, IGas
Status: Producing oil site.
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- Dorset: Wytch Farm and Kimmeridge
- 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