IGas has confirmed that restoration is now underway at its first shale gas site in the East Midlands.
Demolition machinery was photographed today breaking up the surface of the pad at Tinker Lane in north Nottinghamshire.
At the start of this month, IGas gave notice to Nottinghamshire County Council of the start of the restoration phase.
An IGas spokesperson said today the site was being returned to its former agricultural use. The work was expected to take 10-12 weeks, the spokesperson said.
Local people told DrillOrDrop they were “all keen to see the site fully restored and returned to farmland as soon as is practicable.”
Drilling began at Tinker Lane on 27 November 2018. In less than three weeks, IGas confirmed the well had not encountered the primary target.
The site, in PEDL200, is operated by IGas in partnership with Ineos Upstream. It is one of two IGas shale gas sites in north Nottinghamshire.
In June 2019, IGas reported “highly encouraging core analysis” from the other site, at Springs Road, Misson. The results confirmed “a significant hydrocarbon resource in the Gainsborough Trough”, the company said. IGas said it was now planning an appraisal programme and pilot development for the area.