Images from the IGas site at Tinker Lane in north Nottinghamshire this morning confirm that the company has begun demobilising and removing equipment.
The rig has been dis-assembled and early this morning lorries took off liquid waste and drill pipes. More vehicles entered and left the site during the day.
The demobilisation follows an IGas statement on 17 December 2018 that the Tinker Lane well had failed to discover the primary target, the Bowland shale formation. Details
The company said it would now conduct a comprehensive logging programme of the well”. This would be crucial, the company said, to “understanding the geological setting and help to refine our basin modelling”. The results would also satisfy the work programme obligation on the exploration licence, PEDL200.
Tinker Lane was one of just three wells drilled by the UK onshore oil and gas industry during 2018. This was a 68-year low in drilling activity. DrillOrDrop report
IGas is now expected to move on to its other local site, at Misson Springs, where it has permission to drill two shale gas exploration wells.