Wytch Farm Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Perenco
  • Country: UK
  • Location: Dorset
  • Production start: 1979
  • Partners: Perenco (Operator) 67.81 per cent, Premier 12.38 per cent, Maersk 7.43 per cent, Summit Petroleum Dorset Ltd 7.43 per cent, Talisman 4.95 per cent
  • Type: Oil
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume: 17,000 boed


  • Wytch Farm is Europe's largest known onshore oilfield
  • It is a conventional oilfield extracting oil (with some associated gas) from sandstone and limestone oil reservoirs
  • There are sixty-four production wells and 31 water injection wells currently in operation.
  • Oil is exported from the field via pipeline directly to the BP-operated Hamble terminal


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  • 1973 - Wytch Farm Oil Field discovered
  • 1979 - First Oil Produced
  • 1995 - Wytch Farm Field Wins Queen's Environmental Award
  • 2011 - BP Agrees Sale of Wytch Farm to Perenco
  • 2013 - Permission granted for redevelopment
  • 2014 - Ithaca Energy Acquired a 7.43% stake


  • The field comprises two main reservoirs - the Bridport, a Jurassic sandstone at 924 metres below surface, and the Sherwood, a Triassic sandstone at a depth of 1585 metres.


  1. BP Wytch Farm Field Wins Queen's Environmental Award
  2. BP Agrees Sale of Wytch Farm to Perenco UK Limited
  3. Wytch Farm : Drilling vertically and horizontally
  4. Approval of 39 planning applications for Wytch Farm
  5. Producing Assets Acquisition

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