UK Environment Agency grants permit for Horse Hill project


Horse Hill Developments (HHDL) has secured approval from the UK's Environment Agency to undertake extended flow tests at the Horse Hill project in the Weald Basin of southern England.

Under the awarded permits, HHDL, which is the operator of the Horse Hill licences PEDL 137 and PEDL 246 with 65% ownership, has earned the right to drill a new borehole and a side track from the existing HH-1 well and new borehole HH-2.

The flow testing at the HH-1 well will allow the operator to evaluate the long-term economic feasibility of the oil and gas reserves at the site, located near Gatwick Airport in Surrey.

In addition, the company has been granted permission to store oil on site after the commencement of production.

The Environment Agency spokesperson said: “After considering all of the information available and completing our assessment we are confident that the environment and people will be protected.

"After considering all of the information available and completing our assessment we are confident that the environment and people will be protected."

“Environment Agency officers will now ensure compliance with these operating conditions during the next phase of works.”

Meanwhile, an application for long-term production testing and further appraisal drilling at the project is expected to be decided at Surrey County Council’s planning committee meeting later this month.

Once the outstanding regulatory approvals are obtained, operations at the project are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

The HH-1 Kimmeridge Limestone and Portland oil discovery well, which is located within onshore exploration licence PEDL137, flowed dry, 40-degree API oil at a total stabilised natural flow rate of 1,365 barrels per day (bopd).

UK Oil & Gas Investments has a 32.435% interest in the licences.