Not much more to say on this. But having got a copy of Eric’s fantastic aerial shot we could not resist posting it here. From the image you can clearly see how this thing works, boring a large diameter hole as it does to take the conductor.
IGas advised us this morning that the conductor drilling rig has arrived on site. Photo shows equipment parked up on site today. We are told that the rig and associated equipment will now be set up and it is expected that the installation of the conductor will commence at some point later in the week.
Rather more equipment than we perhaps expected was delivered but if Marriotts have the contract for the conductor installation we might expect that they are also in line for the main drilling contract, no great surprise.
It certainly looks as though Tinker Lane might now take the lead and spud before Springs Road. Interestingly a hobby (bird) was spotted by an intrepid bird watcher this morning in the copse at the rear of the compound!
With IGas announcing that construction is now largely complete at Tinker Lane and Springs road and expect that drilling will start (spud) in mid 2018 we are left wondering which drill rig we are likely to see at Tinker Lane.
The Tinker lane CLG were told that the choice of rig is down to Marriott HH220 or DrillTec VDD 370. Not a lot to choose between them and for rubber neckers they are 31 metres and 32 metres high respectively. Now my money is on the Marriott HH220 for two reasons. The HH220 has been used by IGas before at Barton Moss, Marriotts were also chosen for Daneshill (Rig 16). INEOS, IGas partners are also very close to Marriotts, they store equipment at the Chesterfield depot. Word from the front line suggests that Marriott’s have delivered drill pipe to Tinker Lane recently so all indications and our money is on the HH220. We are advised that the conductor will needs be drilled and fitted before the main rig arrives, likely to be imminent.
IGas announced yesterday that it was divesting itself of a number of “non-core assets”. Principally
oilfields in the East Midlands and Southern England but also an interest in Scotland. Of particular interest in the East Midlands licence area ML3 Egmanton oilfield, ML6 Bothamsall oilfield (Bothamsall14 pictured above) and ML7 South Leverton. Interesting expression “non core” as we might normally associate the extraction from conventional onshore assets as a core activity for IGas the biggest onshore operator. The assets were in the main acquired from BP and are all rather long in the tooth with one imagines dwindling reserves and limited prospect. IGas will retain the Beckingham and Gainsborough oil/gas wells all of which are interconnected by pipeline back to the oil depot Gainsborough 5. Also keeping Glentworth, Cold Hanworth and Scampton interests. Presumably the new operator will use the existing facilities at Gainsborough 5 or Welton using tanker collections much as currently.
The IGas statement contains: “As we continue to identify and evaluate the future potential of our existing producing assets, we have agreed to divest certain non-core assets representing c.100 boepd [barrels of oil equivalent per day] to Onshore Petroleum Limited (OPL).
“A Sale and Purchase Agreement has been signed for a consideration of £3.14 million, which will be satisfied by the provision of oil field services to IGas by OPL.”
This might be interpreted as a further reference to the previous post and paper “Unconventional petroleum potential of the Gainsborough Trough, East Midlands, United Kingdom” and an indication of where IGas will now concentrate its efforts.
IGas announce that Misson Springs will be drilled before Tinker Lane in their Operational and Trading Update.
Operational Highlights: Site construction is ongoing at our sites in North Nottinghamshire, Springs Road and Tinker Lane. It is the Company’s intention to drill the Springs Road well first. We expect to spud Springs Road mid-2018.
Contractors have been working on the site entrance, hardcore delivered and site security cabins moved since our last update. As of 26th November the layby immediately adjacent to the site is closed and traffic lights to establish a single lane on the A634 in abeyance but we might expect some further disruption this week. IGas tell us that they expect to start work on the site construction soon.
IGas have made formal application to Nottinghamshire County Council to arrange for the closure of the only North West bound layby on the A634 during the development at Tinker Lane.
NCC resolved to grant Dart Energy planning permission for Tinker Lane on 21st March 2017 subject to securing certain Agreements under Section 106 of The Town & Country Planning Act. The particular aspects have now been agreed (26/05/2017) between, Dart Energy, landowner Morrell and NCC as follows:
The HGV routeing scheme and driver code of conduct.
All HGV’s to enter & leave the site via A634 Retford Road, the B6045, High Street and Spital Road. Dart & Morell (Morell indemnified by Dart) “The Parties”. The Parties are required to use “reasonable endeavours” including audit checks to enforce the First Schedule except in the case of “Emergency Circumstances”
A Cash Deposit Restoration Bond
A Cash Deposit Restoration Bond of £183,000, index linked, to be deposited before work commences. That work also includes the ground water monitoring boreholes (we were surprised that Dart were holding back on this!).
Community Liaison Committee (CLC)
NCC to nominate representatives from local community to serve on the CLC. One wonders if the members of the CLG will be nominated as members of CLC!
A redacted copy of the entire S106 Agreement is appended here.
However the survey, that includes a section of PEDL 200 (but not Tinker Lane site itself) is subject to certain conditions imposed by NCC Minerals Planning Authority. The letter that sets out the conditions was sent by email to INEOS Upstream.
Full letter here, main points as follows:
INEOS must respect stand-off distances as previously agreed with Historic England in the vicinity of Cresswell Crags. Natural England require stand-offs at certain sensitive receptors, Birklands and Bilhaugh.
Where shot holes are required across brownfield or former industrial sites then the Environment Agency will have an involvement. Certain trees would also be safeguarded throughout the 6 month survey, those determined as veteran and ancient trees by the INEOS Environmental Clerk of Works. It is not clear from the letter if a ban on shot holing the land that has been used for spoil disposal applies to the areas around for instance, Manton Colliery.
Nottinghamshire County Council have written to Sutton Parish Council (and other Parish Councils) to advise that on 24th May Planning Permission was formally granted to Dart Energy for the Tinker Lane Exploratory borehole. This follows the completion of certain Section 106 requirements imposed as conditions at the Planning Determination meeting earlier this year. A link to the documentation that relates to the application is available on the NCC website.