Brockham Oilwell Site 1, Feltons Farm, Old School Lane, Brockham, Betchworth, Surrey, RH3 7JP
The field discovery well, Brockham-1 (BR-X1) was drilled by BP during 1987 and found oil in the Portland Sandstone.
Production: From May to Sept 1988, the field produced approx. 70-80 barrels of oil per day, from Brockham 1 well (BRX-1). In 1988, a second well was drilled, Brockham 2 (BRX-2), to further appraise the development potential of the oilfield. Production resumed in 2002 and a total of 214,790 barrels of oil have been produced from the field as at end September 2013.
Wells X1 and X2 (but not X4) are covered by planning permission for oil production until 2036 granted by the Surrey County Planning Authority (CPA) in May 2007 (Ref. MO 06/1294).
From mid-December 2016 till early February 2017, Angus Energy, the current site Operator, had a ‘work-over’ rig on the site to carry out what they described to Surrey County Council as maintenance work on the original well BP drilled in 1987. It turned out drilled a brand new sidetrack from donor well BRX4 (sidetrack BRX4Z). SCC said the sidetrack was unauthorised and drilled against their explicit advice, but Angus denied any wrongdoing. They have finally applied for retrospective planning in Dec 2017, after months of refusing to do so. This application took a long time to validate because of lack of clarity from Angus. It is going to be decided on 20th June. For more see here.
Operator & Ownership Structure
Operator: Angus Energy Plc
License – PL235 (Production License)
- Angus Energy – 65%
- Terrain Energy – 10%
- Doriemus PLC – 10%
- Brockham Capital Limited – 10%
- Alba Minerals – 5%
Angus Energy plc
Angus Energy, incorporated in England and Wales on 1 June 2015, is the holding company of the Angus Group founded in 2009 by Jonathan Tidswell-Pretorius, who has overseen the drilling of the high profile Horse Hill-1 well, adjacent to Gatwick airport.
Angus Energy (through its subsidiary Angus Energy Weald Basin No. 3 Ltd) owns interests in, and is the sole operator of Brockham and Lidsey oil fields. In February 2017 it purchased from Europa Oil a 12.5% interest in the Bury Hill Holmwood license. On 22 January 2018, Angus announced that it would become the operator of Cuadrilla’s Balcombe licence in West Sussex, after acquiring a 25% stake (subject to Oil and Gas Authority consent).
Angus Energy plc was admitted to the junior AIM market on 14 November 2016.
Who benefits from oil production at Brockham
- Angus Energy’s shareholders and directors.
- Contractors to Angus Energy, mainly during short -term maintenance or drilling works.
- Felton’s Farm landowners. According to documents filed with the London Stock Exchange, Ms Brodie, through Brockham Capital Ltd, is receiving a six figure annual payment and has interests the Brockham and Lidsey licences in exchange for a lease over the Brockham land and the right to inject off-site water at Brockham. Angus will be obliged to make additional payments if production reaches certain levels.
- The UK government.