The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) have issued revisions to the licence conditions for a number of drilling companies. Seemingly this is a call to bring forward plans to seismically test, drill and frack wells in certain licence areas. The changes to the licence conditions in PEDL 200 (where Tinker Lane is situated and shown on the map of Bassetlaw licence areas above) appear to be quite tame as if discussions have been undertaken with the developer in advance to ensure that targets might be met. The requirement for PEDL 200 will be met if one well is drilled by 31st December 2018 and a horizontal well drilled by June 2021. Well it must be on the cards that Tinker Lane will be drilled this year, the drilling companies are poised, it’s either DrillTec or Marriott HH220 rigs (images in sidebar). Indeed, there have been reports and images on social media today of a Marriotts team busying themselves at Tinker Lane. Their people seen huddled around the conductors they completed drilling just last month. Must be highly likely that Marriotts are contracted to use their HH220 drilling rig, previously contracted by IGas to drill at Barton Moss.
So its either a survey to locate the elusive hobby (bird of prey) or IGas will hold off the drilling phase until the end of August. Now, who is going to undertake a survey when its just a matter of a few weeks to sit this one out. We can expect IGas to formally nominate Marriott’s rig to NCC within weeks and the drilling phase to start in early September.
PEDL 210 is an IGAS licence area to the east of Sturton, just the tip of which is in Bassetlaw, also earmarked for early investigation by OGA. The licence for PEDL 210 now calls for a well to be drilled by 30th June 2021. A comprehensive article on the OGA decisons is available on the Drill or Drop website.