The Brockham Well Site is in the PL235 production license and is operated by Angus Energy. The Brockham-X1 conventional oil well was drilled by BP in 1987, and small quantities of oil have been produced there since then. Three more wells have been drilled on the site and Angus now wants to drill a sidetrack to the last well (Brockham-X4), which would target the Portland sandstone, Kimmeridge Clay, and Coralian formations.
The Kimmeridge Clay shale layer is the main unconventional oil formation in the Weald Basin and was previously targeted by the Balcombe and Horse Hill wells. The planned sidetrack for the Brockham well would provide information to advance shale oil exploitation throughout the Weald. Since the Brockham site is permitted for production, unlike Balcombe and Horse Hill, there is the threat that it could be put onto production immediately.
Angus have obtained a mining waste permit for the drilling from the environment agency under new “standard rules” which allow the permits to rushed through with no public consultation or disclosure of what they are for. No planning permission has been sought for the new drilling, and presumably Angus belives that it can get away with it.
As of 13th Dec 2016 some additional activity has begun at the site, possible cleaning and reinforcement of the Brockham-X4 well prior to drilling the new sidetrack. A camp has been setup outside the site.
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|Angus Energy||2007/0443||Installation and operation of a drilling rig on an existing wellsite for: a) workover programme of existing well, and b) the drilling of a new well, for a temporary period until 31 December 2008.||16/01/2007||18/06/2007||Granted||Closed|