Regarding the Public Inquiry into the proposed development of the Wressle oil field in the East Midlands which concluded yesterday.
As previously announced, North Lincolnshire Council presented no evidence at the inquiry, which was held in Scunthorpe to consider Egdon’s appeal against the refusal of planning consent by the Council’s Planning Committee for the development of the Wressle Field (‘the Appeal’). As a result, the Wressle Development Public Inquiry, which commenced on 5 November 2019 and included a site visit, lasted three days rather than the scheduled six days.
Due to the Planning Inspectorate purdah arising from the UK general election, a verdict on the Appeal post the election date of 12 December 2019, potentially before the end of the year. In addition to the Appeal, an application for costs has been submitted by Egdon on behalf of all the partners in Wressle. Europa Oil & Gas has a 30% working interest in licence PEDL 180 (‘the Licence’) which holds the Wressle oil discovery, alongside Egdon Resources (operator, 30%), Union Jack Oil (27.5%), and Humber Oil & Gas Limited (12.5%) (together ‘the Partners’).
The Wressle oil field was discovered in 2014 by the Wressle-1 well. During testing, a total of 710 barrels of oil equivalent per day were recovered from three separate reservoirs, the Ashover Grit, the Wingfield Flags and the Penistone Flags. Under the proposed development plan, Wressle would commence production at an initial gross rate of 500bopd, which would more than double Europa’s existing UK onshore production to over 200bopd. In September 2016, a Competent Person’s Report provided independent estimates of reserves and contingent and prospective oil and gas resources for the Wressle discovery of 2.15 million stock tank barrels classified as discovered (2P+2C).
David Bramhill, Executive Chairman of Union Jack, commented:
“Union Jack, whose representatives were in attendance for all three days of the Planning Inquiry, believes that the Operator, Egdon Resources plc, presented an extremely strong case on behalf of the joint venture partners, supported by their expert witness team.”
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