Rathlin Energy made the first delivery today to its East Yorkshire oil and gas site, which has been mothballed since 2014.
A consignment of mats from Moorhouse Petroleum Ltd in Bridlington went into the West Newton-A site, north of Hull, at lunchtime.
Opponents of Rathlin’s operation took part in a slow walk protest in front of the vehicle before police issued a five-step warning of arrests.
The company narrowly received planning permission last month (DrillOrDrop report) for another three years at the site. It proposes to drill a second well, which was approved under the original consent in January 2013.
Rathlin is required by the Oil & Gas Authority to drill the new well by June 2019, the company told the local community liaison group.
In minutes released after the most recent meeting last month, Rathlin said the new well would evaluate the Kirkham Abbey formation, believed to contain gas, at around 1,800m. It would also test the Cadeby formation, though to hold oil, at about 1,900m. These sections of the well would be about 500m away from the original well at West Newton-A.
The minutes said the Bowland Shale was deeper that the proposed well, at about 3,000m.
The work would begin with constructing a new cellar, about 20m away from the original well cellar. The initial part of the well, the conductor casing, would then be installed. The construction work, which is permitted from 6am-7pm, Monday to Saturday, was expected to take two-three weeks, the minutes said.
When a rig became available from Europe, the main section of the well would be drilled. The work could be carried out 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and was expected to take six-eight weeks, the minutes said.
Rathlin has planning permission for another local well site, known as West Newton-B. Little work has been carried out there since consent was granted in 2015. The minutes said:
” If WNA is successful then it [West Newton-B] may be the next site they move to, but WNB needed to first be constructed whereas WNA is ready to go.”
The next community liaison group is due to take place on 15 January 2019.