For your entertainment, herewith a closer view of the wellhead system/christmas tree. Not quite sure what to call it or what it is capable of. Any ideas?
Closer examination of the images taken this morning of the container placed over the cellar, following on from the Phantom Video images of yesterday, are quite interesting. Those rectangular shapes on the container sides, towards the top of the container appear to be ventilation slots. So here we have it, likely we think that the valves/christmas tree arrangement will indeed be installed on the exploratory borehole and inside the ventilated container. The container is there, in the interests presumably of safety and security and to keep the activities away from prying eyes and cameras. My money is on the Phantom drone however and we might expect, and hope to see more of the activity around the cellar in coming weeks. It does now seem more likely that IGas have additional testing in mind before they put this one to rest.
Another image from Eric Walton taken of the copse just off Tinker Lane, “Tinker Copse”. The copse where the Protectors had their camp. You might have seen Ross’s closing post yesterday on Facebook as he and his crew left for pastures and campaigns new. Where once stood the round house there is now a bird box. Where once stood other temporary buildings now stands………nothing at all. Restored to its former state. Well done to all those who have laboured to make it so. Well done one and all!
Interesting images from Eric’s Phantom Video drone today. The Heras fencing has been removed and a rather jaded container of oriental origin has been located over the cellar. To one side of the pad, at 5 o’clock there appears to be a rather snazzy valve assembly (red), what we take to be the makings of a christmas tree (an assembly of valves, spools, and fittings used to regulate the flow of pipes in an oil well, gas well, water injection well, water disposal well, gas injection well, condensate well and other types of wells. It was named for its resemblance to the series of starting lights at a drag racing strip. Wikipedia). So maybe IGas have intentions of using the well going forward to gather more information, maybe draw a little gas off, they must have encountered a little gas in the Millstone Grit, who knows. Either that, or it’s a subterfuge, but it’s got us all guessing. Might perhaps make their investors a little happier to get some value out of the hole. Hey, wait a minute, maybe that was the general idea!
We are advised that the rig mast that was used at Tinker lane is indeed the mast that has since been delivered to Misson Springs. It looks different! However we now understand that the mast was separated from the DrillMec trailer and delivered separately on an ordinary artic in order to meet weight restrictions at the railway crossing. Apologies for setting a few hares running, unnecessarily.
Interesting image on Facebook “Misson Springs Protection Camp” today that shows (above) a rig mast arriving at Misson Springs. However it is not at first sight the mast that was badged as HH220 (top left corner above) that left Tinker Lane over the weekend. Looks as if that mast has been returned to Marriotts and swapped for another. Very strange, perhaps there was a problem with the Tinker Lane mast. Certainly we witnessed Marriotts spraying the internals with what looked like WD 40 during the drilling phase!
The site has now been cleared with just a skip and a few odds and sods in view. The exception being the all important mast section of the HH220. A couple of Marriott’s people working in the vicinity, the rest seemingly are now done with the Tinker Lane site. It seems that the mast is shortly to be moved off site and will also be headed towards Misson, likely this weekend we think.
Since the last image and post the cellar has been fitted out with a heavy steel grid/grating and surrounded with Heras fencing. We note a couple of valve hand wheels laid on top of the grid giving us the impression that there might just be valves beneath the grids. Maybe that was the idea!
Take a closer look at Eric’s Phantom Video images in the gallery “Hidden Rig Revealed“. Check out those images that show the cellar (also see image above). Notice a couple of things, the oil drums around the edge of the cellar (Health & Safety requirement!) but also that the cellar itself has apparently been backfilled with what appears to be top soil. Now perhaps IGas have planted potatoes (spuds) in a rather deep bed as a first step towards site remediation. More likely it’s a short term safety precaution, if you fell into that deep concrete lined cellar you’d probably not get out alive. But my thinking is along these lines, if you had designs on that borehole going forward you might invest in a bespoke safety barrier pretty darn quickly and in the meantime use some heras to make safe. Otherwise if you had to dig the backfill out of the cellar you might damage the cellar itself and or conductor/surface pipework. So has a decision on the borehole already been taken, are we indeed done with it, is it to be abandoned? Or is backfilling a cellar whilst moving heavy equipment in the vicinity a widespread industry practice? Any ideas via the contact form on this website!
Thanks to Phantom Video that elusive HH220 drilling rig mast has been found today, 8th January. Marriotts/IGas will no doubt be as pleased as punch that it has been located. This was no abduction, as was feared, it seems that it was on site all that time, but forgotten, perhaps, located as it was behind storage tanks and awkwardly (or carefully?) placed containers. Hidden from the over the fence observers but not from the Phantom Video drone. So this story has a happy ending, of sorts. Plenty of images of the site and of that missing rig in the gallery.