New PEDL numbers and operator commitments

By October 14, 2016 blog 2 Comments

Looking at the onshore interactive map of licenced areas  we can drag the map down to the Frack Free Dee area (or anywhere else, for that matter!) to show the OGA licenced blocks, any of these can be clicked on to give further information such as PEDL number and license operator.

“What is a PEDL? Petroleum Exploration and Development Licenses are areas of land, which has been leased by the Oil and Gas Authority to a particular drilling company. So, if a PEDL is held by Igas, only Igas can drill for gas in that license area. A company cannot drill in an area unless they have secured the PEDL for it.

A drilling company must have the PEDL license for the area to drill in AND then get planning permission from the local authority to drill in their exact local site, in conjunction with an Environment agency permit to carry out whatever work they are planning.”

So, here is a picture of the current  license blocks in the Frack Free Dee area

pedl-blocks

  • SJ28 PEDL 184 IGas/Ineos – Wirral 
  • SJ27 PEDL 184  IGas/Ineos –  Dee Estuary/Deeside
  • SJ37 PEDL 184 IGas/Ineos – Overpool/South Wirral
  • SJ47 PEDL 190 IGAS/Ineos – Ellesmere Port/Ince/Helsby/Bridge Trafford
  • SJ57  PEDL 294 Ineos – Frodsham/Sandiway
  • SJ67 PEDL 294 Ineos – Northwich
  • SJ77 PEDL 296 Ineos – Knutsford
  • SJ36a PEDL 147 IGas/Ineos – Bretton/Blacon
  • SJ46 PEDL 189 IGas/Ineos – Chester/Upton/Mickle Trafford
  • SJ56 PEDL 292 Ineos – Kelsall/Tarporley
  • SJ66 PEDL 292 Winsford/Middlewich
  • SJ76 PEDL 293 IGas Middlewich/Holmes Chapel/Sandbach
  • SJ35a EXL203 Biogas – Llay/Gresford
  • SJ45 PEDL 188 IGas Holt/Farndon
  • SJ65 PEDL 295 IGas – Nantwich/Crewe
  • SJ75 PEDL 293 Igas – Crewe/Alsager
  • SJ64  PEDL 295 IGas – Audlem

 

Using the ‘layers’ tab on the map, we can alter this to show the PEDL license numbers, Ive also added the shale prospective areas, which are shaded blue

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In summary there exists locally,

PEDL numbers 147, 184, 188, 189, 190, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296

Now, if we look at the 14th Onshore licensing rounds from the Oil and gas Authority website we can go to the section about Successful Applicants and cross reference the spreadsheet for  14th Onshore Licensing Round Offers by Operator which will give us the license commitments from each drilling company for each PEDL they own.

However, the Department of Energy and Climate Change have provided this really handy interface to find all the info you need about any PEDL, including precise boundaries and license commitments.

 

So here is the round up of the current license commitments

The newer licenses start from 21st July 2016 and generally last for 5 years.  Any ‘drill or drop’ commitments must be started within 2 years of the start of the license. The older licenses are from 2008 (PEDLs 147 – 190)  and were all test drilled, so automatically get another 5 years life (called second term). PEDL 189 Chester/Upton/Mickle Trafford is unique in that it is the only area where drilling commitments were not met, due to Upton Community Protection Camp being on site. This PEDL has had a 2 year extension til July 2018.

PEDL 147 IGas/Ineos – Kinnerton/Blacon – The Licensee shall drill one vertical and three deviated horizontal wells (this was the original requirement)

(updated April 2017 from www.ogauthority.co.uk/exploration-production/onshore/  Click on ‘Onshore licensing and then download the file Retention Areas Agreed – 1 April 2017 (PDF)) –

The Licensee shall acquire new 3D seismic data by 30 June 2020 and drill a well by 30 June 2021.

 

PEDL 184 Igas/Ineos – Wirral/Deeside/South Wirral –The Licensee shall: obtain 56km of 2D seismic data on Blocks SJ28 and SJ27; obtain 35km of 2D seismic data on Block SJ37; and drill one well to a depth of 580m.

pedl-184-wirral

 

(updated April 2017 from www.ogauthority.co.uk/exploration-production/onshore/  Click on ‘Onshore licensing and then download the file Retention Areas Agreed – 1 April 2017 (PDF))

The Licensee shall: reprocess regional geomagnetic data by 30 June 2017, sample and reinterpret
Namurian shale from Gronant borehole by 30 March 2018, acquire new seismic
data by 30 June 2019 and drill a well by 30 June 2021

PEDL 188 IGas – Holt/Farndon –The Licensee shall: obtain 20km of 2D seismic data; reprocess 10km of 2D seismic data; and drill two wells to a depth of 750m
pedl-188-farndon

(updated April 2017 from www.ogauthority.co.uk/exploration-production/onshore/  Click on ‘Onshore licensing and then download the file Retention Areas Agreed – 1 April 2017 (PDF))

The Licensee shall: acquire new 2D seismic data by 30 June 2020 and drill a well by 30 June 2021

PEDL 189 IGas/Ineos – Chester/Upton/Mickle Trafford – The Licensee shall: obtain 20km of 2D seismic data; reprocess 10km of 2D seismic data; and drill one well to a depth of 750m.

pedl-189-chester

PEDL 190 IGas/Ineos – Ellesmere Port/Ince/Helsby/Bridge Trafford – The Licensee shall: obtain 45km of 2D seismic data; and drill one well to a depth of 1050m.
pedl-190-ep-ince-helsby

(updated April 2017 from www.ogauthority.co.uk/exploration-production/onshore/  Click on ‘Onshore licensing and then download the file Retention Areas Agreed – 1 April 2017 (PDF))

The licensee shall: reprocess regional Geomagnetic data by 30 June 2017 and drill a well by 30 June 2019

PEDL 292 Ineos – Kelsall/Tarporley/Winsford/Middlewich – The Licensee shall: Drill a well to 4500m; drill a horizontal appraisal well and conduct hydraulic fracturing operations from it; shoot 75km of 2D seismic data and shoot 75km squared  of 3D seismic data

pedl-292-kelsall-middlewich

PEDL 293 Ineos – Middlewich/Holmes Chapel/Sandbach – The licensee shall: Shoot 30km of 2D seismic data; the following is a ‘drill or drop’ provision – drill a well 2500m or 20m into the Dinantian Limestone, whichever is the shallower

pedl-293-middlewich-sandbach

PEDL 294 Ineos Frodsham/Sandiway/Northwich – The licensee shall: drill two wells to 4500m; drill two horizontal appraisal wells and conduct hydraulic fracturing operations from them; shoot 50km of 2D seismic data; shoot 150kmsquared of 3D seismic data

pedl-294-frodsham-sandiway-northwich

PEDL 295 IGas – Nantwich/Crewe/Audlem – The licensee shall: shoot 25km of 2D seismic data; and there is a ‘drill or drop’ commitment of drilling a well to 2500m or 20m into the Dinantian Limestone whichever is the shallower
pedl-295-nantwich-crewe-audlem

PEDL 296 Ineos – Knutsford – shoot 25km of 2D seismic data; and there is a ‘drill or drop’ commitment of drilling a well to 2500m or 20m into the Dinantian Limestone whichever is the shallower

pedl-296-knutsford

 

Previous news released was that

PEDL 185  Dudleston/Shocklach/Penley  has ended
PEDL 187  Wrexham  has ended.
PEDL189 (which is Upton/Chester)extended 2 years to 30/06/18

 

 The terms of taking on a Pedl license are set out on this government website and have been copied below – please note that the guidelines set out above for drilling one well etc are a minimum that the company has to do in order to fulfil the licence.

“Production licences

All offshore production licences have the prefix ‘P’ (eg, P001). Except in special circumstances, offshore production licences run for three successive periods or terms:

Initial term

Associated with an exploration work programme that the licensee will have agreed with the OGA during the competitive application process. The licence will expire at the end of its initial term unless the licensee has completed the work programme and surrendered a fixed amount of acreage (usually 50%).

While the initial term is associated with a work programme of exploration work that must be completed if the licence is to continue into a second term, the licensee has the right to start production during the initial term, if the licensee can move quickly enough, subject to normal regulatory controls.

Second term

The second term is associated with appraisal and development. There is no agreed work programme; instead the licence will expire at the end of its second term unless the OGA has approved a development plan.

Third term

The third term is intended for production. The OGA has the discretion to extend the term if production is continuing, but reserves the right to reconsider the provisions of the licence before doing so, especially the acreage and rentals.

Each licence carries an annual charge, called a rental. Rentals are due each year on the licence anniversary. Rentals are charged at an escalating rate on each square kilometre the licence covers at that date. They are designed to encourage licensees to decide which acreage to retain and to surrender acreage they don’t want to exploit.

While the initial term is associated with a work programme of exploration work that must be completed if the licence is to continue into a second term, the licensee has the right to start production during the initial term, if the licensee can move quickly enough, subject to normal regulatory controls.

Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence

An onshore production licence is known formally as a Petroleum Exploration and Production Licence (PEDL).”