Existing oil and gas extraction

Nottinghamshire has reserves of oil in the north-eastern, central and southern areas of the county. 

During World War II, oil extraction started from land at Eakring. Since then, further oil fields have been identified mostly in north Nottinghamshire but ranging as far south as Rempstone near the county boundary with Leicestershire.

In the 1970s, Nottinghamshire was the biggest producer of onshore oil in the UK

The oil recovered in Nottinghamshire is high quality and is mainly used in the plastics and chemical industries, rather than as fuel. The majority of oil is taken by rail from the central collecting station at Gainsborough to refineries at Immingham in Humberside.

At the moment there is only one permission in the county for oil and gas exploration in the county, for conventional hydrocarbons like gas and oil. This is at Radcliffe-on-Trent and involves conventional drilling, not shale gas exploration.

Ten wells are already producing oil from sites across the county including:

  • Beckingham
  • Bothamsall
  • Eakring


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