IGas update: Nottinghamshire, Cheshire, Surrey

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Springs Road, Misson, 20 December 2017. Photo: Derick Evans

IGas has confirmed the first shale gas well it plans to drill in north Nottingham will be at the Springs Road site at Misson. Drilling was expected to start in mid 2018.

In a statement to investors, the company said site construction was continuing at both Springs Road and the other Nottinghamshire site, Tinker Lane.

IGas said it was continuing with plans to drill and hydraulically fracture a new well at its Ince Marshes site in Elton in Cheshire. Last year, it submitted a scoping request, the first stage of a planning application, to Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Also in Cheshire, IGas repeated that it was considering an appeal over the refusal of planning permission last month for flow testing at the Ellesmere Port site last month. Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee went against the recommendation of officers to approve the application (DrillOrDrop report). IGas has six months to lodge an appeal.

In Surrey, IGas said it expected it would produce the first gas from its Albury site by mid 2018.

The company submitted a planning application (SCC Ref 2018/0011) on 26 January 2018 for:

  • Retention of the site
  • Production of gas and electricity
  • Temporary flaring to re-establish gas flow
  • Installation of production plant and facilities to access to the gas network
  • Laying an export pipeline
  • Installation of site office, propane storage tanks, lighting, security cameras, gas-powered generator, coolers, generator control room
  • Retention of a transformer unit, switch room, water tank, parking area and perimeter fencing for 15 years

IGas said gas would be produced up to a rate of 1.2 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d). Gas would exported by an underground pipeline and used in an on-site generator.

The application is currently listed as being decided by a planning officer.


IGas said it predicted net production in 2018 of between 2,300-2,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd). This is around the 2017 average of 2,335boepd.

The company said it had cash balances of £15.8m at 31 December 2017 and a net debt of £6.1m.

Chief executive, Stephen Bowler, said:

“With Brent pricing currently at around US$70 per barrel, we are generating free cash flow in our conventional business and continue to evaluate additional projects with attractive economics.”


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  1. Maybe UK onshore gas as pioneered by IGAS will gradually decrease the cost to the poor of their power supplies whilst at the same time having a lower CO2 footprint than imported LNG from Qatar and elsewhere.

    Ofgem yesterday acknowledged that Government green policies have contributed to the recently announced £57 increase in average bills. I’d be very surprised if IGas & Cuadrilla can’t harvest onshore gas and get it into the main UK gas system cheaper than importing LNG from half-way across the world.

    As I’ve said on this board many times decisions about energy policy face a 3-way dilemma. Keep energy clean, Keep the energy supply secure and reliable, and Keep energy affordable. It’s no good having green energy sources if that means energy poverty.

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