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10th June 2019

Fosham Road and Piper’s Lane road closure

On Monday 10 June 2019, East Riding of Yorkshire Council issued an emergency road closure for the ‘Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic’ for Piper’s Lane and Fosham Road.

The closure is due to the likelihood of danger to the public, or of serious damage to the road, not attributable to operations.

Recently, Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited has witnessed a number of incidents which have put road users in danger and, to mitigate against this, has applied to close the road.

The road closure will be administered by traffic management personnel contracted to Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited and access will be maintained at all times for pedestrian and vehicles to properties directly affected by the closure and for the emergency services. However, the route will be closed to all other persons whether on foot, pedal cycle, horseback or any other vehicle. This is not a through road and therefore there is no alternative route.

The Order covers the full extent of Piper’s Lane, Marton and Fosham Road, Withernwick together with parts of the footpaths adjoining the highways (approximately 100 metres). The closure will continue for a period of twenty-one (21) days to 30 June 2019. It is an offence to contravene a Road Traffic Order.

If you have any questions, please contact Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited via www.rathlin-energy.co.uk or call the office on: 0207 2689860. Alternatively, you can speak with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Highways Customer Care Team on: 01482 393939.

 


 

26th April 2019

The West Newton A-2 appraisal well, targeting the Kirkham Abbey Shoal and Cadeby Reef formations, was spud at 01:45am on Friday 26 April 2019.

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is the well operator and has a working interest of 66.67% in PEDL183.

The well will be drilled to a total depth of approximately 2,061 metres below ground level.

This phase of operations is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete.

 


 

12th April 2019

This week, Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited mobilised the drilling rig and associated equipment to the West Newton site.

As of 13 April 2019, operations on the site will be suspended pending the arrival of additional equipment.

The site will be continuously manned by security and rig personnel.

Once site operations recommence they will continue 24-hours a day for approximately eight weeks.

We appreciate peoples’ understanding of our work and we aim to keep disruption to our neighbours to a minimum.

 


 

8th April 2019

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited has [today] started the mobilisation of the main drilling rig to the West Newton A site on Fosham Road to drill the West Newton A-2 well. This phase of operations will involve a typical oil and gas well drilling rig ~35 metres in height (pictured below) and associated equipment.

The borehole will be drilled, cased and cemented to a depth of approximately 2,000 metres to evaluate two conventional reservoir formations in the Permian section. Previous data gathered during the drilling of the West Newton A-1 well indicate the potential for gas and oil in these reservoir formations.

The site will be manned at all times by security and drilling personnel.

Once the main drilling operation begins, it will take approximately eight weeks during which time the site will be active for 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

On completion of the main borehole drilling, the well will either be suspended pending further testing or plugged and abandoned if unsuccessful.

The West Newton Community Liaison group, which consists of Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited personnel and representatives from the local community, meet to discuss the company’s operations and any concerns. Notes from these meetings are published on this website in the Yorkshire section.

 


 

4th December 2018

Update: West Newton A site

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is pleased to announce that East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee approved the extension of the permission for the West Newton A site, for a further three years, until 19 November 2021. The company plans to drill its next conventional well from the existing West Newton A site. The West Newton A-2 well will follow up on the WNA-1 gas discovery, and will drill to a depth of approximately 2,000m to test the conventional Permian carbonate reservoirs. The deeper (3,000m) shale layers play no part in Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s programme of works which for clarity does not involve shale gas.

 


 

5th November 2018

News Update

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is pleased to confirm that a farmin agreement has been signed with Union Jack Oil plc (“Union Jack”) and Humber Oil and Gas Limited (“Humber”) regarding a partnership in PEDL183.

The terms of the proposal would see Union Jack and Humber each acquire a 16.665% working interest in PEDL183, subject to the approval of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited would remain as the operator of PEDL183.

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is also pleased to confirm that it has secured an additional £3MM equity investment from Reabold Resources Plc. (“Reabold”), subject to completion of the Union Jack and Humber farmin.

The Reabold investment, together with the farmin, will fund the drilling of an appraisal well on the conventional West Newton Permian carbonate gas discovery, in Q1 2019.

Shale gas and fracking form no part of Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s drilling and appraisal programme.

The resource estimates and financial figures quoted in the Union Jack and Reabold press releases on November 5th 2018 are consistent with Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s Competent Person’s Report (CPR) prepared by Deloitte LLP and Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s internal estimates.

The Union Jack and Reabold press releases can be found on their respective websites.

 


 

3rd October 2018

PEDL183 Update

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited is pleased to confirm that the company is currently in discussions with Union Jack Oil plc (“Union Jack”) and Humber Oil and Gas Limited (“Humber”) regarding a partnership in PEDL183.

The terms of the proposal could see Union Jack and Humber each acquire a 16 2/3 % working interest in PEDL183, subject to finalising deal terms and the approval of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited would remain as the operator of PEDL183.

Resource estimates and financial figures quoted in Union Jack’s press release (http://unionjackoil.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/UJ_RathlinOpportunityPres_Oct2018.pdf) on October 3rd 2018 are consistent with Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s Competent Person’s Report (CPR) prepared by Deloitte LLP and Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s internal estimates.

 


 

10th September 2018

West Newton A Update

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited will be seeking an extension to its planning permission for the West Newton A site. The details are expected to be published by East Riding of Yorkshire Council sometime this week (week commencing 10 September 2018).

 


 

12th July 2018

PEDL 183 Update

Rathlin’s work programme for PEDL 183, issued by the OGA, has recently been updated as noted:

 


 

1st August 2016

West Newton B Update

The Environment Agency has issued Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited (Rathlin) with environmental permits that form part of the necessary permissions required to undertake activities associated with drilling and well testing operations proposed for the West Newton B wellsite. These permits include standard rules RSR and Oil Storage permits and a bespoke Mining Waste permit not including a waste facility. The incineration of natural gas and the discharge of clean surface run-off water are permitted within the bespoke Mining Waste permit. These permits contain a pre-operational condition that must be satisfied prior to commencement of drilling operations and two additional conditions that must be satisfied prior to commencement of well testing operations. Specific information regarding these permits will be available on the Environment Agency’s public register of data.

There are a number of other regulatory authorities whose requirements also need to be satisfied prior to project commencement, including the discharge of planning conditions set by East Riding of Yorkshire within the June 2015 planning permission for the West Newton B site, notification of the Health and Safety Executive and well consent from the Oil and Gas Authority.
The granting of these environmental permits brings Rathlin a step closer to starting work at West Newton B later in the year.

Plans have been developed to keep the effects of all operations upon local communities to a minimum. Traffic management will play an important part in this and a plan is in place, which will reduce the local impact for the very short period of the exploratory operations.
Below is the Environment Agency’s press release.

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1 August 2016

Rathlin is granted permits for exploratory drilling site in East Yorkshire

The Environment Agency has granted environmental permits to allow Rathlin to carry out exploratory drilling at a site in East Yorkshire.

The decision follows a rigorous assessment of Rathlin Energy UK Ltd’s proposals, as well as all comments submitted during a public consultation.

The company is proposing to drill a well for conventional gas exploration, to burn any gas produced during the drilling or testing of the well in a flare, and to discharge clean surface water from the site. The company has not applied to carry out fracking, and the permits do not allow fracking to take place.

The permits set out the conditions that Rathlin must follow in order to protect groundwater, surface water and air quality and to ensure the safe storage, management and disposal of waste materials.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “After completing a thorough assessment of Rathlin’s application and all of the responses to our public consultation, we are confident that these environmental permits set out the right conditions to ensure that people and the environment are protected.

“We will stringently enforce the conditions of the permits to ensure that waste is managed properly and local water resources are protected.”

ENDS

For media enquiries please call the Yorkshire press office on 0800 9179243
Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
This number can be used out of hours for urgent enquiries only

Email us: Communications_Yorkshire@environment-agency.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @EnvAgencyYNE
Visit our website: www gov.uk/environment-agency
Read our blog: environmentagency.blog.gov.uk

 


 

CRAWBERRY HILL UPDATE

1st August 2016

The Environment Agency has confirmed that Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited’s environmental permits at Crawberry Hill have now been surrendered. The company will now implement the five year aftercare programme at the site. The Environment Agency’s press release is included below.

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1 August 2016

Former drilling site restored to agricultural land

A redundant exploratory drilling site in East Yorkshire has been restored to its previous state of agricultural land.

The Environment Agency has accepted the surrender of the environmental permit for the well site at Crawberry Hill, near Beverley, after Rathlin Energy UK Ltd decided to discontinue using the borehole.

Rathlin built the well pad and drilled a borehole as part of its oil and gas exploration work in Yorkshire, although the borehole was not used to produce oil or gas and it is no longer required by the company.

The operator’s environmental permit for this site, issued by the Environment Agency, required the site to be fully restored before the permit could be surrendered.

The company has decommissioned the borehole in line with HSE regulations, removed the well pad, and landscaped the land in line with the agricultural environment in which it sits.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “Our permitting process is designed to ensure that oil and gas operations do not put the environment or communities at risk of harm. The rules apply for the lifetime of the permit – and when Rathlin decided not to continue using this borehole, it had to demonstrate that the site had been properly restored. This has now been done to a satisfactory standard.”

ENDS

For media enquiries please call the Yorkshire press office on 0800 9179243
Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
This number can be used out of hours for urgent enquiries only

Email us: Communications_Yorkshire@environment-agency.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @EnvAgencyYNE
Visit our website: www gov.uk/environment-agency
Read our blog: environmentagency.blog.gov.uk

 


 

CRAWBERRY HILL UPDATE

12th April 2016

The restoration work at the Crawberry Hill site has now been completed.

These are pictures of how the site now looks:

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The next step is for East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning department to visit the site before we formally relinquish the environmental permits to the Environment Agency – a process that is estimated to take six to eight weeks.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has now closed out the Temporary Road Order (the speed restriction) along Walkington Heads and we have taken some soil samples from the site surface which will be analysed as part of the site closure plan. The field will then be subject to a comprehensive five-year aftercare programme.

 


 

West Newton A Update

26th November 2015

Natural Gas Discovery at West Newton Confirmed

A spokesperson for Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited, said: “We are pleased that the planning committee was minded (unanimously) to approve our planning application for an extension at West Newton A. The well we drilled there discovered natural gas. We believe this to be firm evidence of a potentially significant gas field in the Permian Kirkham Abbey formation. The approval today is an important step in our programme of operations to determine whether the gas discovery has commercial potential. We will continue to carry out our works in accordance with our permits.”

 


 

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