IGas announced today it had encountered a hydrocarbon-bearing shale sequence at its exploration well at Misson in north Nottinghamshire. The news coincided with a Mad Hatter’s tea party organised outside the site by drilling opponents.
The company said the sequence measured more than 250m and included the upper and lower Bowland Shales.
Significant indications of gas were also spotted within sands in the Millstone Grit sequence, IGas said.
The company has posted a video of a core from the well in a tank of water showing gas rising.
Last month, IGas announced that the Misson well had encountered shales at 2,200m. Today it said said drilling was continuing, at a rate that was quicker than expected.
It said it had recovered about 150m of shale core and had carried out an extensive wireline logging programme across the Millstone Grit and the two shale formations.
The company said petrophysical and core analysis was now being carried out. This would give further insight into the potential resource and character of the shale in future development across the east midlands, it said.
Analysis of core samples taken from the other Nottinghamshire IGas site at Tinker Lane was still underway. The well has been capped after failing to encounter the Bowland Shale.
Chief executive, Stephen Bowler, said:
“I am delighted to report that we have recovered high quality hydrocarbon bearing cores at our Springs Road site. The data gathered to date shows that there are significant prospective resources in our East Midlands acreage and is another important step for the UK onshore industry.”
There have been near-daily protests against onshore gas exploration outside the Misson site since deliveries began in December 2017.
Frack Free Misson has launched an online petition to the environment secretary, Michael Gove, urging him to block fracking at the Misson. The petition says this threatens owls and other wildlife on the Misson Carr site of special scientific interest, next to the IGas drilling site.