Just as we were surmising that drilling would start in early September at Tinker Lane, IGas have announced in a Trading Statement issued today that as a consequence of delays in their preparations they are now pushing back to start in Q4, presumably an early October start. The statement also implies that Tinker lane will be drilled before Springs Road. The relevant section from the Trading Statement is shown below.
Tinker Lane – we have experienced some delays in our final preparations and now expect to spud our first shale appraisal well in North Nottinghamshire at Tinker Lane in Q4 2018
Springs Road – construction works are nearing completion. As we have satisfied Condition 21 through the ongoing monitoring of site noise this has enabled us to resume works through the bird breeding season
Reasonable for the CLG to ask for a little more detail on the delays. Watch this space!
Pictured above is another image from the set taken on 1st August showing the fabrication adjacent to the well cellar.
Image above shows the Marriotts team on site at Tinker lane today (1st August 2018). More evidence perhaps that the decision is already made on choice of rig. Its the Marriotts HH220 as we surmised and it looks as though preparations are in hand to afford a start of the drilling phase at the end of the month. We also hear that a HH220, owned by Marriotts is on the move from Preston New Road. A quick lick of paint, maybe a re-badge with an IGas logo or two at Danesmoor and we can then expect that they will be poised and ready to deliver to site in early September.
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.
Nottinghamshire County Council have announced that their draft Minerals Local Plan is open to consultation. The consultation period runs from 27th July 2018 until 28th September 2018. There are of course a number of issues that will be of interest to our local communities, in particular the Counties take on quarrying and the extraction of hydrocarbons. Of particular interest to the CLG., Policy MP12 Hydrocarbon Minerals, 4.104 Shale Gas and following. The question posed, Question 21, What do you think of the draft policy to meet demand for hydrocarbon minerals over the plan period.
So local people what exactly do you think of the proposals?
In the three weeks since the CLG site visit on 3rd July and indeed an earlier look see over the fence there is little change on site. The conductors are shown in the image taken today and are as observed in mid June. We have not heard if iGas intend to undertake the hobby survey or are prepared to sit this out until September. We’d guess the latter unless a drill rig becomes immediately available. No new activity on NCC’s planning portal either, where we would expect to see confirmation that IGas have selected a particular drilling rig and advised NCC of their selection. So July is a another quiet month at Tinker Lane for which the Hobby and its brood might be particularly grateful.
The Community Liaison Group visited Tinker Lane this morning. The site construction phase is now complete, conductors have been drilled, the conductor nearest to A634 will be drilled the other is a spare. The site is barren of equipment and indeed personnel pending the arrival of the drilling rig. IGas advised that no decision has yet been made on the drilling rig, the choice would seem to be a matter of availability. There is no news either on the hobby survey which is also pending. Images from the visit are available from the gallery.
The Governments much vaunted Traffic Light System (TLS) designed to monitor seismic activity was ignored by Mother Nature a site in Grimsby site yesterday evening. The TLS is designed to close down operations if a tremor of M 0.5 (Richter Scale) is detected. In what might be judged to be a complete failure of the system the tremor resulted in an earthquake of M 3.9 as Mother Nature ignored the M 0.5 trigger. Interesting to note that the quake at Preese Hall ascribed to Cuadrillas’ fracking operations in 2011 was a mere M 2.3. A spokesman for Mother Nature commented that as the it operated what it considered to be Gold Standard Regulations that the good people of Grimsby and elsewhere in the UK (with a few exceptions) might rest
What we take to be Marriotts No 5 rig is now in position over the conductor hole. Image taken the morning of 7th June 2018.
And once again another image of the Liebherr LB-16 auger drilling rig operated by PR Marriott Drilling. This time in position, seemingly over the nearside A634 hole, drilling into soil rather than just fresh air! Image clearly shows soil/spoil trapped in the scrolls of the auger bit. There were noticeable groans heard as work was undertaken, believed to be from the auger rather than from the drillers.