Images of Egdon Resources’ Wressle site in North Lincolnshire revealed the mobilisation of additional equipment today.
The pictures, by Pi in the Sky, were taken at 11.16am (top image) and 7.40am (bottom image).
Egdon announced in February 2021 that oil had begun to flow at Wressle after the successful reperforation of the section of the well through the Ashover Grift formation.
The company has planning permission for a proppant squeeze, a form of small-scale fracking, which aims to improve oil flow rates.
Before this operation can go ahead, the Environment Agency (EA) and Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) must approve a hydraulic fracturing plan (HFP).
On 3 March 2021, Egdon told a meeting of the Wressle community liaison group there was not a firm timescale for the proppant squeeze and, at that time, the plans were still being considered by the regulators.
The company said it would take a couple of weeks to set up the proppant squeeze after approval. The operation itself would take place on two days, 1-2 hours on one day and 2 hours the next. No rig would be involved, the company told the meeting. Representatives from the EA and OGA would be on site when the proppant squeeze was carried out.
If the proppant squeeze was unsuccessful, Egdon said it would drill a sidetrack well. If that were necessary, the rig must be approved by North Lincolnshire Council for noise and lighting. The operation would also have to be approved by the EA and OGA.