Regulation of Rathlin Energy’s West Newton ‘B’ Well Site

Closed 24 Sep 2021

Opened 25 Sep 2020


Rathlin Energy plans to carry out testing of the WNB-1z well at its West Newton ‘B’ well site. Environmental permits in relation to this activitiy were issued in 2016 and varied in 2021. They set out legally binding conditions for operation covering emissions, safe storage of waste and crude oil, and flaring of gas. The permits also include monitoring and reporting requirements.

The company submitted an application for a variation to their permit in May 2020. This was to make some changes to how they propose to test the new well to assess its potential for hydrocarbon production. The changes included:

Carrying out well clean-ups and extended well tests, and burning any resulting waste gases in enclosed flares or combustion units.

Removal of fluid from the well using inert gas lifting, mechanical lifting, or an electrical sub-surface pump.

The Environment Agency accepted the proposed changes in May 2021. A copy of the revised and consolidated environmental permit issued May 2021 is provided below.

We will regularly update this page with information from our audits and site inspections. Previously, this information would only have been held at our offices on the Public Register. Whilst that will continue, we hope that this is helpful in making information easier for you to access.

West Newton 'B' Wellsite
Rathlin Energy (UK) Ltd
Crook Lane, West Newton
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU11 4LP


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