Kelsey oil drilling plan to create 12 jobs


Further details of plans to drill for oil at North Kelsey have been revealed in a planning application to West Lindsey District Council.

Last Month, Egdon Resources submitted an application to Lincolnshire County to drill on a 1.59ha site in a field off Smithfield Road about 3.5km north east of South Kelsey and 3km to the south east of North Kelsey.

The site is leased by Archibald Nairn Kerr of Foxham Farm, Howsham, Market Rasen, and Graham Clive Holdich Smith of Roythornes LLP, Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck, Spalding.

As reported in the Rasen Mail last month, the well site would be 150m west of the railway line and 650m away from the nearest residential property - Smithfield House.

This latest applications seeks temporary planning permission for the construction of a new access track, temporary well site and flare pit, with associated portable cabins for the storage of equipment and for staff office accommodation, the drilling of an exploratory bore hole, undertaking of production tests and retaining the site and wellhead valve assembly gear for evaluation.

Though Egdon seeks permission to carry out the work over a 12-month timeframe, and for 24 hours a day, the company stresses actual drilling would take place for a maximum of six weeks. 12 jobs would also be created.