A crane and other equipment was delivered to IGas’s shale gas site at Misson in north Nottinghamshire early this afternoon.
The delivery, filmed by opponents of the company’s plans, is part of the mobilisation of equipment to the site at Springs Road.
This is the first activity at Misson for several months after IGas switched attention to Tinker Lane, its other Nottinghamshire shale gas exploration site.
The company confirmed in December 2018 that the vertical exploration well at Tinker Lane had failed to find the target Bowland shale formation. It said it expected to spud (begin drilling) at Misson early in 2019.
IGas said in a statement today:
“We have completed the logging of the [Tinker Lane] well and are now de-mobilising equipment off site.”
“There will be no additional use of the vibroseis equipment”.
The website TinkerLane.co.uk reported today:
“We might expect therefore that most, if not all of the equipment installed for the drilling and logging operation will be removed from site soon.”
In a statement to investors on 17 December 2018, IGas said the failure to find the Bowland shale at Tinker Lane did not change its view on the prospectivity of the Springs Road site at Mission. The company said:
“We believe a thick section of shale is present due to its more central location in the basin and which we expect to spud in the first quarter of 2019.”