Horse Hill Developments has received full planning approvals and landowner agreements to construct an exploratory well site, to include plant, buildings and equipment, for the drilling of one borehole and the subsequent short-term conventional testing for hydrocarbons.
This will require the use of a 35-metre drilling rig, construction of a new access road onto Horse Hill, on a 1.16 hectare site.
This will require the use of a 35-metre drilling rig, construction of a new access road onto Horse Hill, on a 1.16 hectare site. The drilling phase is planned to last in the region of 60 days.
If the exploration shows there are not economically viable hydrocarbon resources then the well will be plugged, while restoration of the agricultural land and woodland will be undertaken. The site, currently used for grazing and hay-making, lies 2 kilometres east of Horley, 3 km north of Gatwick Airport and 400 metres away from the nearest properties.
It was chosen because of its level ground, good highway access off Horse Hill (through an existing access track via a wood), the distance from residential properties and its lack of impact on areas of special interest, conservation or known archaeology.