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Historic Arreton Wells Infrmation

The maps below show (left)  the approximate site of the original two exploration wells drilled in Arreton in the past.

The image (right) is an approximation from the licence map of location of the sub- surface oil reserve shown as a green lake, the black spot is the original well site.

Arreton 2

Originally UKOG  planned to drill next to an existing well (Arreton 2) which was explored and capped in the 1970s.

Oil was located  at that time but not was not viable for extraction using old conventional methods.

However possible well pad locations seem to have changed according to various statements over the years by UKOG and these current well locations may not be the site of proposed well pads.

UKOG have NOW identified a further south prospect - BOTH locations yet to be confirmed.

When the Government allocated its 14th round of Petroleum Exploration & Development Licences in 2015, UKOG, who drilled the so-called ‘Gatwick Gusher’ into the micrite at Horse Hill in 2016, insisted to the public that the well is conventional but talk of ‘unconventional plays’ to their shareholders.

Stephen Sanderson, the Executive Chairman of UKOG, says they will use conventional wells but utilising 'new and innovative methods' with multiple horizontal wells and  acid stimulation. 

It is, however, important to note these are not "convenional techniques"

This appears to be a semantic game to make looming large-scale oil exploration appear to be cosy, old-fashioned, and nothing whatsoever to worry about.

According to their evaluation (but unconfirmed until drilling begins)

  • 219 million barrels of oil could be under Arreton.  700 metres down. Only 14.9 million barrels are considered to be economically recoverable at present

  • The UK Consumes 1.4 millon barrels per day. That means Arreton will produce APPROXIMATELY 10 DAYS SUPPLY

  • For transportation of oil by road from Arreton of 14.9 million barrels at a good flow rate @ 185 barrels per 30,000 litre tanker or 44 tonne tanker would be approximately 7 or 8 tanker trips per day, 7 days per week for the duration of the life of the well.

WELL PAD PROXIMITY - Implications for Arreton , Merstone and Surrounding Area


This excerpt is from the UKOG website FAQs regarding WELL SITE PROXIMITY to housing, schools and communities.

"Drilling of exploration wells only normally takes place in locations that are not close to rural villages or houses and in locations that could not unduly disrupt the local community.

So, when the application for an exploration well has been submitted, the community has the right to voice its concerns to local authority planning officials if it feels the project will have an adverse impact. The community is consulted extensively throughout this process."

Arreton 2

This map shows the location of the ORIGINAL existing well (black spot) and a one and two mile radius from it.

It is clear that UKOG's statement above that PROXIMITY will be a huge issue.

Most horizontal wells are drilled at least up to a mile from the pad.


Red STARS shows the proximity of the communities of Arreton and Merstone and some of the surrounding businesses to the site.


Anywhere within this 1 mile range would find a horizontal well drilled beneath properties and land.

The 2 mile range is possible.

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