gas to grid at Singleton oil well

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Dear Environment Agency,

I am writing in reference to the planning application* from 1993 which permitted a gas engine generator to be used at Singleton site for energy use on site and export to the grid which was presumably BAT for the gas generated from the oil production.

Please can you tell me how you are regulating this?
Do you have records of how much gas from the production is currently used to generate electricity at the Singleton site and how much gas is exported through the existing underground supply cable at the site?

Also how much electricity, if any does the site import from the grid?

*Installation of a gas engine generator set and gas conditioning equipment to generate electricity for oilfield consumption and for export through the existing underground supply cable.
Singleton Oilfield A286 Cobblers Row to Middlefield Singleton Chichester West Sussex
Ref. No: SE/93/00501/CMA | Received: Thu 25 Mar 1993 | Validated: Thu 25 Mar 1993 | Status: Application Determined

Many thanks
Emily

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Dear Emily,        

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Dear Emily,

 

Further to our email below, our technical team have asked if you could
please provide some clarification to you request: 

 

You have asked for “…the amount of gas that is exported through the […]
underground […] cable…” within your enquiry – do you mean the amount of
electricity exported from the site?

 

So you are aware, your request will placed On Hold until we have heard
back with this clarification. 

 

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From: SSD Enquiries
Sent: 02 February 2021 10:40
To: [FOI #721915 email]
Subject: 210202 SSD203226 - FOI request - gas to grid at Singleton oil
well

 

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Dear SSD Enquiries,

With regard to 210202 SSD203226 - FOI request - gas to grid at Singleton oil
well

To clarify my previous request, yes I would like to know how much gas from production is captured and used for electricity on site. Also how much of the gas is converted to electricity and exported back to the grid.

Many thanks for your answers,

Yours sincerely,

Emily Mott

SSD Enquiries, Environment Agency

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Dear Environment Agency,

A response to my request about gas to grid at Singleton oil well (SSD203226), sent 27th Jan 2021 is well overdue.

I sent a clarification on Feb. 2nd and look forward to your response to the questions.

Many thanks for your time.

Regards,

Emily Mott

Dear Environment Agency,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Environment Agency's handling of my FOI request 'gas to grid at Singleton oil well'.

I was asked to clarify my request and did so. I'm afraid its been a long time since hearing from the EA. Please coulds someone send a response to my query?

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Kind Regards,

Emily
Request about gas to grid at Singleton oil well (SSD203226), sent 27th Jan 2021 is well overdue.

Clarification sent on Feb. 2nd

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From: Emily Mott [mailto:[FOI #721915 email]]
Sent: 18 June 2021 11:52
To: National Requests <[Environment Agency request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - gas to grid
at Singleton oil well

 

Dear Environment Agency,

 

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Environment Agency's
handling of my FOI request 'gas to grid at Singleton oil well'.

 

I was asked to clarify my request and did so. I'm afraid its been a long
time since hearing from the EA. Please coulds someone send a response to
my query?

 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Emily

Request about gas to grid at Singleton oil well (SSD203226), sent 27th Jan
2021 is well overdue.

 

Clarification sent on Feb. 2nd

 

 

 

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Dear Emily,     

 

Thank you for your email below of 18 June.  Please accept our apologies
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From: National Requests
Sent: 21 June 2021 11:32
To: '[FOI #721915 email]'
<[3][FOI #721915 email]>
Subject: 169: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - gas to
grid at Singleton oil well

 

Hi Emily,

 

I have forwarded your email to the local team who are dealing with your
request.

 

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[4][email address]

 

 

Thank you and Kind Regards

 

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From: Emily Mott [[11]mailto:[FOI #721915 email]]
Sent: 18 June 2021 11:52
To: National Requests <[12][Environment Agency request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - gas to grid
at Singleton oil well

 

Dear Environment Agency,

 

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Environment Agency's
handling of my FOI request 'gas to grid at Singleton oil well'.

 

I was asked to clarify my request and did so. I'm afraid its been a long
time since hearing from the EA. Please coulds someone send a response to
my query?

 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Emily

Request about gas to grid at Singleton oil well (SSD203226), sent 27th Jan
2021 is well overdue.

 

Clarification sent on Feb. 2nd

 

 

 

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Dear Emily,     

 

Please accept our apologies for the delay in our response to you for the
remainder of two FOI requests (SSD203226 and SSD202636), and any
inconvenience this may have caused.

 

Please be advised of the following response from our technical team
regarding the remainder of your requests. 

 

·         Please can you tell me how you are regulating this?

 

The management of the produced gas generated at the site is regulated
through the environmental permit. The incineration of produced gas within
the flares and the generation of heat and electricity within the
combustion plant at the site are all activities are permitted within the
permit and the monitoring of the emissions from these pieces of plant are
controlled through the permit.

 

As part of the review of the permit currently being carried out at the
site, an improvement condition (IC5) has been included within the permit
which requires the operator to submit for written approval a plan
identifying their identified method for reducing the impact of gas
emissions to atmosphere.

 

Please find attached a copy of the current environmental permit for the
site and decision document.

 

Regarding the other questions on which you have asked for information, we
are withholding the information requested and, as a public body, are
required to provide a formal letter of notice (attached) that gives an
explanation for the reasons for this refusal.    

 

Kind regards

 

Customers & Engagement Team

 

Environmental Planning and Engagement | Solent and South Downs Area | 
Environment Agency | Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West
Sussex, BN11 1LD

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