Approval of 39 planning applications for Wytch Farm

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Wytch Farm is Europe's largest known onshore oilfield in one of the most environmentally protected areas of the UK.

Its operations are on the southern shores of Poole Harbour, Furzey Island, Wareham and at Kimmeridge Bay, with much of the development dating to the late 1980s. In 1995, it won The Queens Award for Environmental Achievement. It is a conventional oilfield extracting oil (with some associated gas) from sandstone and limestone oil reservoirs. It uses conventional techniques, tried and tested, and used worldwide for decades. There is no know shale gas or coalbed methane in Perenco's licence blocks in Dorset nor are there any plans to seek any such opportunities.

Perenco UK Limited took over the operation of the oilfield in December 2011. It is currently producing 17 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (crude oil, liquid petroleum gas and gas) and employs 158 staff and approximately 250 contractors.

In September 2012, Perenco UK Limited applied to Dorset County Council to extend the duration of 39 existing planning permissions for the Wytch Farm, Wareham and Kimmeridge oilfields to 2037. Perenco held a public exhibition at Furzebrook Village Hall, Wareham in May 2012 to provide key information regarding the applications and invite public feedback. Dorset County Council have also undertaken consultations concerning the applications.

Dorset County Council's Planning Committee recommended approval of the applications on 5th September 2013. This was a very important outcome for all who are associated with the oilfield. Perenco is grateful for the support of Planning Committee members and so many people in the local area. Perenco looks forward to maintaining the highest operating standards and continuing to make a very positive economic and societal contribution into the future.

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