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Welcome to the Egdon community website where you’ll find information about Egdon, our sites and operations around the UK, and how we work with local communities.

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Introduction


Egdon Resources is a UK focussed energy business with more than 25 years’ experience of working in the UK. Our vision is to provide locally derived, secure, affordable, and sustainable energy to meet the UK’s evolving energy needs.

We are the operator of a number of UK Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDL's) issued by the Government that allow us to undertake oil and gas activities within a given area, subject to drilling/development consents, planning permissions and environmental permits. We have several operational sites in the East Midlands, the North East and Southern England.

In our PEDL licence areas, we evaluate the potential for oil and gas reserves (collectively known as hydrocarbons), undertake drilling and testing operations and, if successful, we produce oil and gas over the longer term. At the end of the life of a site it is restored to its prior use, usually agricultural land.

Health, safety and environmental protection are absolutely key to the success of our business, as are our relationships with the communities where we operate. We work with all parties to understand local concerns, mitigate any potential disruption and keep people updated about our operations.

Since 1851…

The UK onshore oil and gas industry has been in existence for more than 150 years.

1851

Oil was first discovered in Scotland

Oil was first discovered in Scotland in 1851 followed by gas in England in 1896 during construction of Heathfield rail station in Sussex, during the digging of water wells. The gas was used to power the lights for the station.

1851
1943

Dukes Wood oilfield

Dukes Wood oilfield in Nottinghamshire started producing oil in 1943 and was vital to the war effort, producing mote than two million barrels of oil

1943
1973

Oil was first discovered in Scotland

Wytch Farm Oilfield in Eastern Dorset was opened and is now the largest onshore oil field in Western Europe. This oilfield still produces today in an area now classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB),

which shows that the industry can positively 
co-exist with nature and the local environment.

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1973
1979

1979 oil crisis

Onshore oil and gas activity started to accelerate again after the 1979 oil crisis. As prices rose, domestic production became increasingly important

1979
1997

1997 Egdon Formed

Egdon was formed in 1997 and applied for its first UK Licence which was awarded in early 1998

1997
2000

2000 First Operated Licence

Egdon awarded first licence as operator

2000
2004

2004 Drilled First Operated Well

Succesfully drilled first operated well at Waddock Cross in Dorset

2004
2022

2022 Worldwide Energy Crisis

The invasion of Ukraine and the weaponisation of energy by Russia led to increasing oil and gas prices and challenges to worldwide supplies

2022
20
K+
Onshore UK production in barrels of oil per day (2022)
2000
Wells have now been drilled in the UK
250
Operating wells
120
Sites

The UK has a growing import dependence for both oil and gas, so home-produced hydrocarbons remain an important source of energy security for our homes and businesses.

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