Rathlin Energy has given notice that work could start next week at its exploration site in East Yorkshire.
In a letter to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the company said construction operations would begin at the site called West Newton-A on or after Monday 3 December 2018.
The company has also sent the council a traffic management plan, dating from 2013.
The council’s planning committee voted on 15 November 2018 by six votes to five to grant planning permission for another three years at the site. DrillOrDrop live updates from the planning meeting
This was the second extension of consent granted to Rathlin since permission was first issued for the site in 2013.
No work has been carried out at West Newton-A since November 2014, when testing of the exploration well ended.
The company has said it recovered gas during the tests and described the results as “very encouraging”. It sought the extension of permission to drill a second well, approved in the original planning consent.
Rathlin’s plans for an extension were opposed by parish councils at Withernwick and Ellerby and more than 100 objectors.
The traffic management allows the site to be accessed 24-hours a day, seven days a week during the drilling phase. It says:
“Delivery of equipment should be planned where possible to avoid night time periods.”
Delivery equipment is required to travel along a specified route. This takes vehicles from the A165 along Mulbery Lane, towards New Ellerby, along Langthorpe Road, Lambwath Lane, onto an unclassified road signposted Marton and Sproatley for one mile, then into Pipers Lane and Fosham Road.
According to the traffic management plan,
“Any non compliance [with the specified route] may result in the driver being removed from the project.”
At the time of writing, there were no details about the forthcoming work on Rathlin Energy’s website. The most recent notes from a community liaison meeting were from 6 December 2017.
The company is required to inform East Riding of Yorkshire Council within one week of the drilling rig arriving on site.
Second well site
Development of a second well Rathlin Energy well site in East Yorkshire appears to have stalled.
This site, called West Newton B, was granted permission in 2015 and earlier proposals indicated that this would be drilled before further work was carried out at West Newton-A.
But a letter from Rathlin Energy to the council earlier this month, said
“[Rathlin] has determined that the merits of drilling the second well from West Newton-A are significant and represent the best option to move the project forward.”
Earlier this month, Reabold Resources took a £3m stake in Rathlin’s exploration licence (PEDL183) covering the West Newton sites. Rathlin said the money would fund drilling the second well at West Newton-A.
Union Jack Oil plc and Humber Oil Ltd have also signed a farm-in agreement with Rathlin Energy, giving both companies a 16.665% interested in the licence area