Egdon hit with Wressel refusal

Project partners considering options, including appeal, for oil and gas discovery in northern England

The development of the Wressle oil and gas discovery in northern England is facing a setback after it has been met with a refusal from the local council in Lincolnshire. 

Operator Egdon Resources and licence partners said on Wednesday that the North Lincolnshire County Council's planning committee refused planning consent for the development of the field, located on licences PEDL180 and PEDL182.

The decision of the committee goes against the positive recommendation of the County Council’s planning officer.

"We are very disappointed by the decision of the committee that goes against the positive recommendation of their planning officer which was determined after an extensive and thorough review of our proposals,” Egdon’s managing director Mark Abbot said. 

“We will now take time to consider our options including our right to bring forward an appeal,” Abbot said. 

Egdon operates the licences with a 25% interest, alongside Union Jack (11.67%), Europa Oil & Gas (30%) and Celtique Energie Petroleum (33.3%).

Europa’s chief executive Hugh Mackay said: “Lying just 5 kilometres away from the Europa-operated Crosby Warren field, Wressle is located in the heart of the East Midlands petroleum province, a region with a long heritage of conventional oil and gas production.”

“Furthermore, at an anticipated gross rate of 500 barrels of oil per day, Wressle has the potential to generate meaningful revenues not just for the participating companies, but also for the government in the form of tax receipts,” Mackay said.

The project partners had been planning to fast track the development as Egdon had already stated drilling and acquiring seismic data to determine resource volumes at Wressle as part of the plan submission.