IGas released the following trading update today:
The preliminary tests on shale samples from within the Millstone Grit Group at Tinker Lane are encouraging for the potential gas resources in the Gainsborough Trough basin. The analysis of these samples is still subject to further testing and validation. As previously stated, the well, which is part of a wider exploration programme in the basin, has been plugged and abandoned and preparations are being made to fully restore the site.
Drilling operations at Springs Road-1 are progressing well. We have encountered shales on prognosis, at c.2,200 m, including the Bowland Shale horizon and coring will commence imminently. The rate of drilling at Springs Road has been quicker than anticipated, building on our learnings and operating efficiencies from Tinker Lane and augurs well for the future.
So it appears they have found that elusive shale layer at 2,200 metres and will start to take core samples. Strange the reference to the preliminary tests on shale samples from the millstone grit layer at Tinkerlane. We were told that there were no cores taken, only what were described as side cores (?). (Image of IGas “cores from Ince Marshes”)