In February 2015 we began work on the construction of a wellsite just outside Laughton, near Gainsborough, in line with the planning permission granted by Lincolnshire County Council in 2013 for a conventional oil exploration well.
Throughout, we listened to the concerns of the local community and, as a result, set up HGV restrictions so that any vehicles coming on site would not be able to come through the village. We also set up time restrictions on our operations to minimise the noise impact on local people.
The local parish council were very involved in the process and helped us to organise site visits for local people and community information events.
The well was drilled to a depth of1,700m in March 2016. (similar to the Corringham producing oil field a few miles to the south east). Results from drilling were disappointing, however, and we decided not to take the Laughton site forward and the site was restored in August 2016.
All the equipment was removed from the site and it was returned to its former use as agricultural land.
Burton on the Wolds
In 2014 Egdon built a new wellsite near to Burton on the Wolds in Leicestershire. A well was drilled during October 2014, which did not encounter sufficient hydrocarbons to facilitate a test programme. The well was plugged and sealed in line with regulatory requirements at the end of the drilling operation.
In 2015, the Burton on the Wolds wellsite was restored back to agricultural use, to the satisfaction of the landowner and of Leicestershire County Council Planning Authority.
The Westerdale-1 well was drilled to a total depth of 1305 metres in 2006. Following testing of two zones which produced gas to surface the well was deemed a non-commercial discovery and the well was plugged and sealed in line with regulatory requirements and the site restored to farmland during 2007.
The Burton Agnes-1 well was drilled to a total depth of 2290 metres in late 2007. The well did not encounter commercial hydrocarbons and was suspended as potential side-track donor well until 2011 when the well was was plugged and sealed in line with regulatory requirements and the site restored to agricultural land.