Wytch Farm is Europe's largest known onshore oilfield in one of the most environmentally sensitive areas of the UK.
Its operations are on the southern shores of Poole Harbour, Furzey Island, Wareham and at Kimmeridge Bay. In 1995, it won The Queens Award for Environmental Achievement. It is currently producing 16 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (crude oil, liquid petroleum gas and gas) and employs 100 staff and 250 contractors.
It is a conventional oilfield extracting oil (with some associated gas) from sandstone and limestone oil reservoirs. There is no known shale gas or coalbed methane in Perenco's licence blocks in Dorset (shown in orange) 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 19 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (crude oil, liquid petroleum gas and gas).
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 6th September 2013. Perenco looks forward to maintaining the highest operating standards and continuing to make a very positive economic and societal contribution into the future.