Updated 16 May 2018
A convoy of equipment needed to begin drilling at the IGas site at Tinker Lane in north Nottinghamshire arrived yesterday.
A convoy of eleven heavy goods vehicles arrived at about 10.45am yesterday. Police had been at the site from about 6.30am.
The equipment included the conductor rig to set the conductor pipe – the first layer of steel casing. The rig, a Liebherr LB 16 from P R Marriott, was installed on 16 May 2018 (see below).
The main drilling rig has yet to be delivered. The company, through its consultant SRL, told Nottinghamshire County Council on 4 May 2018 it had narrowed down the choice of drilling rig, an HH220 and the Drilltec.
The final choice would “be subject to commercial availability in the marketplace”, the consultant said. The company is seeking permission for both rigs. Link to correspondence on Tinker Lane drilling rig
Campaigners have said they expect IGas will use the HH220 rig belonging to P R Marriotts, which was used to drill a well at Barton Moss in 2003-2014.
Today campaigners opposed to operations at the site reported that a delivery was made to the site from the wrong direction (see photo above). This apparently breached a condition of the planning permission, which requires heavy goods vehicle traffic to use the approved route through Blythe.
The county council has said that there is a clause in the legal agreement with IGas which allows HGVs to use different routes in “emergency circumstances”. The vehicle was directed to follow the non-approved route by Nottinghamshire Police and the council did not consider this to be a breach of the planning conditions.
Updated 16 May 2018 with additional photograph and comment from Nottinghamshire County Council on alleged breach of planning permission