The oil and gas company, Rathlin Energy, has confirmed that it has started work at its second site in East Yorkshire.
DrillOrDrop reported on 8 April 2020 that site work appeared to have started at the West Newton-B site. But Rathlin Energy declined to respond to our questions about operations.
The company posted on its website yesterday (14 April 2020) that it was: “conducting preparatory work … in compliance with landowner and regulatory agreements, and consistent with government guidance on the COVID-19 situation.”
“Initial operations involve the completion of the access track and site along with activities that are pre-operational conditions of our Environment Agency and East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) permissions.”
David Bramhill, executive chairman of Union Jack Oil, said:
“We are very pleased that Rathlin are able to safely progress activities at the West Newton B site, especially in these challenging and unprecedented times.
“We anticipate West Newton to be a key driver for shareholder value during 2020 and beyond.”
Stephen Williams, Reabold’s co-chief executive, commented:
“During this period of global uncertainty and restrictions related to COVID-19, we are extremely pleased to be able to safely progress activity at the West Newton B site, where drilling will be a key driver of value for Reabold and its shareholders in 2020. We are very excited by the potential scale and value of West Newton and look forward to providing further updates as operations move forward in due course.”
Reabold said the West Newton-B site would further appraise the hydrocarbon finds made at the nearby West Newton-A site in 2019 in the Kirkham Abbey formation. The new site would also target the deeper Cadeby formation, where oil had been encountered at West Newton-A.
Rathlin said it had informed East Riding of Yorkshire Council on 17 March that work was due to start within 14 days. The council has not published this notice on its online planning website.