Production Consent for Brockham

Ada Zaffina made this Freedom of Information request to Oil and Gas Authority

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Dear Oil and Gas Authority,

1. I am aware that the OGA granted a long term production consent for Licence PL235 “Development and Production Works” on 20th October 2017, which expires on 28th October 2019. Can the OGA confirm whether this consent covers the appraisal works on well BRX4Z, for which planning consent was granted on 15 August?

2. If the answer to question 1 is "NO", which OGA consent covers appraisal works on BRX4Z?

3. Point 2 (d) ii of the long term production consent says that a connection to the local electricity distribution grid needs to be in place before production of gas begins. Can the OGA confirm whether this connection has been established.

4. How does the OGA verify whether a connection to electricity grid has been put in place?

Yours faithfully,

Ada Zaffina

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Dear Ms Zaffina,

Thank you for your email of 4 October, regarding "Production Consent for Brockham."

Your request is being considered as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 - although, depending on what is actually requested, it may be treated as ordinary business.

It will be taken forward by the Oil and Gas Authority, which vested as an independent Government company on 1 October 2016.

However, before proceeding, I would like to request a couple of points of clarification.

We are currently unsure what you mean by "appraisal works".

In order to help us process this request, I would be grateful if you could clarify this point in order for us to determine whether or not we hold this information and how best to process if we do.

Your request has not yet been allocated a unique identifier, but will be allocated one on receipt of your clarification if it is deemed to fall under the FOIA.

FOI requests are normally subject to a 20 working day deadline of your request being received at the OGA (or, in this case, from the date of the receipt of your clarification to the points above).

Many thanks in anticipation,

Yours sincerely,

FOI Officer.

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Dear OGA FOI requests,

By Appraisal Works I mean the activities that were permitted by Surrey County Council on 15 Aug 2018, MO/2018/0444. The planning permission covers:

THE RETENTION OF THE BRX4 WELL,
THER EGULARISATION OF THE BRX4Z SIDETRACK,
AND THE APPRAISAL OF BRX4Z USINGPRODUCTION PLANT AND EQUIPMENT WITHIN THE EXISTING SITE, FOR A TEMPORARY PERIOD OF THREE YEARS (PART RETROSPECTIVE).

You can see the decision document here:
https://brockhamoilwell.files.wordpress....

According to the National Planning Policy Framework, "appraisal" is one of the specific planning stages in the three phases of development (exploration, appraisal and production).

You can see the discussion about terminology used in the application for planning permission in the article below. The terminology needed to be changed from "production evaluation" to "appraisal" before the application was validated. The operator also said that “The proposed application will not seek permission for long-term production.”
https://drillordrop.com/2018/01/20/angus...

There is no planning permission for production from BRX4Z at this stage. Please see this correspondence from Surrey County Council to the OGA dated 22 Aug 2017, which clearly states that "For the avoidance of doubt, the CPA considers that no planning permission exists for the sidetrack Brx4Z as an exploratory well or for production from it." Since that letter, planning permission for the drilling of the exploratory well was granted on 15 Aug 2018 via MO/2018/0444, but this did not include permission for production.
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/4...

Yours sincerely,

Ada Zaffina

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Dear Ms Zaffina,

Please find attached a letter from the OGA indicating that the time limit for responding to your request needs to be extended.

Yours sincerely

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Dear Ms Zaffina
 
Please find attached an urgent further communication regarding the OGA's
response to your e-mails of 4 and 10 October.
 
Many thanks,
 
OGA FoI Requests
 
Oil and Gas Authority is a limited company registered in England and Wales
with registered number 09666504 and VAT registered number 249433979. Our
registered office is at 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1B
3HF.
 
For information about how we process data and monitor communications
please see our Privacy Statement and for terms of use please see our Terms
and Conditions, both available on our website.
 
 
 
__________________________________________
From: OGA FOI requests
Sent: 06 December 2018 17:00
To: Ada Zaffina <[FOI #523935 email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request FoI-2018-0060 - Production Consent
for Brockham
 
 
Dear Ms Zaffina
 
Please find attached the OGA's response to your e-mails of 4 and 10
October.
 
OGA FoI Requests
 

The Oil and Gas Authority is a limited
company registered in England and
Wales with registered number 09666504
and VAT registered number 249433979.
<< File: Our registered office is at 21
ANGS_Brockham_FDP_Addendum_Feb_2018 Bloomsbury Street, London, United
(002).pdf >> Kingdom, WC1B 3HF. For information
about how we process data and monitor
communications please see our Privacy
Statement and for terms of use please
see our Terms and Conditions, both
available on our website.

 
<< File: ANGS_Brockham_FDP_Addendum_Feb_2018 (002) REDACTED_FULL copy.pdf
>>  << File: foi-2018-0060.pdf >>  << File: Brockham Production
Consent_Redacted.pdf >>  << OLE Object: Picture (Device Independent
Bitmap) >>

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Dear Ms Zaffina
 
We wrote to you on 7 December asking that you delete the unredacted
material inadvertently sent to you on 6 December.  For convenience we are
now resending this FoI response to you and attaching the correct
documentation in its entirety so that you may arrange for previous
response (and attachments) to be deleted, including from the 
whatdotheyknow.com  website, and replaced with this version.  Once again,
apologies for any inconvenience but we are sure you will appreciate the
need to remove the unredacted material from the public domain.
 
Many thanks
 
OGA FoI Requests
 

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From: OGA FOI requests
Sent: 06 December 2018 17:00
To: Ada Zaffina <[FOI #523935 email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request FoI-2018-0060 - Production Consent
for Brockham
 
 
Dear Ms Zaffina
 
Please find attached the OGA's response to your e-mails of 4 and 10
October.
 
OGA FoI Requests
 

The Oil and Gas Authority is a limited
company registered in England and
Wales with registered number 09666504
and VAT registered number 249433979.
<< File: Our registered office is at 21
ANGS_Brockham_FDP_Addendum_Feb_2018 Bloomsbury Street, London, United
(002).pdf >> Kingdom, WC1B 3HF. For information
about how we process data and monitor
communications please see our Privacy
Statement and for terms of use please
see our Terms and Conditions, both
available on our website.

 
<< File: ANGS_Brockham_FDP_Addendum_Feb_2018 (002) REDACTED_FULL copy.pdf
>>  << File: foi-2018-0060.pdf >>  << File: Brockham Production
Consent_Redacted.pdf >>  << OLE Object: Picture (Device Independent
Bitmap) >>

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