The main drilling rig was delivered today to Rathlin Energy’s West Newton-B exploration site in East Yorkshire.
The company said in a statement equipment would be installed during a period of one to two weeks, before drilling began.
It said the borehole would be drilled to a depth of about 2,000m. The operation would be 24 hours a day and was expected to last six-10 weeks.
The conductor rig, which drilled the initial hole to a depth of 74m, was removed from the site last week, Rathlin said.
The company said most deliveries were planned during daytime but access to the site during drilling was required 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Road closures approved by East Riding of Yorkshire Council would remain, the statement said. Round-the-clock security at the site would also continue, it added.
A group of opponents have pledged to monitor operations at the West Newton-B site. They reported two cranes on the site today and more than 12 police officers on duty on the access route.
Rathlin Energy has planning permission to drill two wells at West Newton-B. Rathlin said the first well, to be called West Newton B-1, would target the Kirkham Abbey and Cadeby formations. These were also encountered during drilling the second well drilled at Rathlin’s neighbouring West Newton-A site, the company said.
“The rock samples and other data acquired during the drilling of West Newton B-1 will inform a subsequent programme of well testing to establish the well’s productive capability and any future drilling operations.”
“A group of opponents have pledged to monitor operations at the West Newton-B site. They reported two cranes on the site today and more than 12 police officers on duty on the access route.”
Reported to who?
Two cranes on site during rig mobilisation – who would have thought it?
Of course there would be no Police Officers present if the “group of opponents” were not there and these Police Officers could be re-assigned to do something useful like stopping the spread of Covid……
On day 2 of the rig mobilisation, will the ‘group of opponents’ manage to attract another member to make the rule of 6?
If they manage to attract more, will the group produce a risk assessment and be organised in compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance, to actively prove their claim to care for the local community and demonstrate compliance with regulations themselves?
These protesters can’t be reading or watching the news. Russia is holding Europe to ransom, and the Ukrainians are dying! Every effort must be made to extract gas from local sources drilling might be a bit noisy, but once finished
No more than any other industry, including farming.