Below is a list of frequently asked questions that you might want to ask in relation to our operations at Bletchingley. However, if you have any further queries then please let us know via our feedback page or by calling our information line on 0203 675 6058 weekdays between 10am and 4pm.
How big is the site?
The total combined application area, including the access road, is approximately 1.78ha. in total.
How long have you had the site
Our ﬁeld at Bletchingley dates from 1966 and was acquired in 1993 by Star Energy which is now part of IGas Energy.
What have you found on the site?
In 2007, permission was given for an appraisal drill which conﬁrmed the presence of oil at Bletchingley Central. Around 300 barrels of it a day (40 tonnes) is currently being extracted. Planning permission has recently been extended to allow this appraisal to continue as we ﬁnalise our longer term plans.
In 2012 we undertook ﬂow testing of the nearby well site known as “Bletchingley 2”. This conﬁrmed the presence of a viable quantity of gas which is also part of our longer term plans for the ﬁeld.
What do you hope to do at the site in the future?
We have recently received planning permission from Surrey County Council to retain, extend and upgrade the existing Bletchingley 2 and Bletchingley Central well sites to support the production of conventional hydrocarbons for a period of up to 15 years.
Are you going to start fracking at this site?
We currently have no plans or any consents to develop shale gas at this location.
How long would you expect to be producing oil and gas at this site?
Our proposals involve our existing appraisal site at Bletchingley becoming a production site, which could produce oil and gas for up to 15 years.
What is your timetable for work?
Our plans consist of three main stages: construction and upgrading of the sites; the production of oil and gas, and: the restoration of the sites.
Stage 1 – Construction
The initial phase of work will involve the extension and upgrading of the two well sites and the laying of the required pipeline. This is anticipated to take between 18-20 weeks, with all construction works occurring within normal working hours (0800-1900 Monday to Friday and 0800-13.00 Saturday).
In order to bring the Bletchingley 2 gas well back into production it will be necessary to flare gas for a 24 hour period for up to 4 days. Following this the temporary flare will be removed from the site.
Stage 2 – Production
This stage will be continuous basis, with the extraction and processing plant operating 24 hours per day. Under normal working conditions all tanker movements, deliveries to the site and any maintenance operations will be restricted to normal hours of operation (0800-1900 Monday to Friday and 0800-13.00 Saturday).
It is anticipated that the reserve is sufficient to sustain production for up to 15 years.
Stage 3 – Restoration
Following the 15 year production period or the depletion of the reserve, whichever is sooner, all plant and infrastructure will be decommissioned and removed and the sites restored.
It is envisaged that restoration works expected to take between 2 to 12 months to complete. Following the completion of restoration, the well sites will be subject to a five year aftercare period.
What will you do to protect the environment?
Our most recent Bletchingly planning application was be made up of a Planning Statement and an Environmental Statement. These considered the potential effects of the development on the environment, community and economy. Key issues in relation to this proposal have included assessment of:
- Transport and Access
- Landscape Character and Visual Impact
- Flood Risk
- Ecology (including soil)
- Groundwater and surface water
- Air quality
The sites are already covered by an Environmental Protection Permit (EPR) and an application to update this permit was made to the Environment Agency at the same time as the planning application.
What will your hours of operation be like?
The proposed hours of operation will be as follows:
- Construction: this will take place during normal working hours, i.e. 0800-1900 Monday to Friday and 0800-1300 for Saturday
- Production: during this period the equipment on site will be operational 24 hours a day. However, under normal working conditions, HGV and deliveries will only take place during normal hours of operation, i.e. 0800-1900 Monday to Friday and 0800-1300 for Saturday.
Will there be lots of extra traffic?
The development will result in two movements (one in and one out) of oil per day and a lower figure for water. There will also be up to two movements (one in and one out) of water per day. Staff will typically generate around four to eight car or light van movements per day.
|Phase||Duration||Car/Light Vehicles per day (movements)||HGV/Tankers per day
|Phase 1 – Construction||Up to 20 weeks||10 (20)||22 (44)
|Phase 2 – Production||Up to 15 years||4 (8)||2 (4)
|Phase 3 – Restoration||2 – 12 Months
|8 (16)||2 (4)|
What do you do within the local community?
Because we recognise that our operations may have the potential to affect our neighbours, we accept the responsibility to try to minimise those impacts and to operate in a socially acceptable manner.
The IGas Energy Community Fund was set up in 2008 and is committed to distributing several hundred thousand pounds a year to those communities where we are active.
Details of the support that the IGas Community Fund has provided across the Bletchingley area can be found here.
How can I apply for the IGas Community Fund?
More information and details on how to apply can be found here.