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In November 2016, we received planning permission to drill two exploratory wells at a site at Springs Road in the parish of Misson, North Nottinghamshire. The planning application was submitted in October 2015 and several rounds of information gathering and public consultation were undertaken before a decision was taken by Nottinghamshire County Council Planners.
As part of the planning obligations IGas agreed to sign a S106 legal agreement which covers issues including where HGV’s will be routed, the continuation of a community liaison group and the creation of a bond for site restoration. This was agreed to and signed on May 24, 2017.
Site construction was completed in 2018. The site is subject to stringent environmental and planning conditions. Site construction was carried out with no material breaches of any of the conditions.
Drilling of the first of two wells at the site commenced in 2019. The purpose of the first well is to core and log various intervals in the centre of the Gainsborough Trough basin.
We encountered a hydrocarbon bearing shale sequence of over 250 metres, including the upper and lower Bowland Shale. Significant gas indications were observed throughout the shale section and additionally within sands in the Millstone Grit sequence. A video showing some recovered core from the well effervescing gas when immersed in water can be viewed here
We have now reached TD for the well, having successfully encountered the tertiary target, the Arundian shales where gas indications were also observed. Wireline logs and cores have now been acquired across all targets. Petrophysical and core analysis is currently being conducted, which will give us further insight into the resource potential and shale characterisation that will be utilised for future appraisal and development of the wider East Midlands area.
- Click here to see the North Nott’s update newsletter distributed in June 2016.
- Click here to see the brochure from our Community Information Day held in November 2015
- Click here to see the brochure from our Community Information Day held at The Mayflower Bar & Eatery in Austerfield on Tuesday 3rd March 2015.
- Click here to see the event flyer for our Community Information Day held at The Mayflower Bar & Eatery in Austerfield on Tuesday 3rd March 2015.
- Click here to view the exhibition panels from our Community Information Day held at The Mayflower Bar & Eatery in Austerfield on the 16th of July 2014Aerial Photograph of the Springs Road site.
Gas and North Nottinghamshire
Gas is needed to deliver heat to homes and businesses and in manufacturing and industry, in order to deliver this gas, we need to find suitable land on which to drill wells.
Initial studies – and a long history of drilling in the area – suggest North Nottinghamshire is one of the areas of the UK that could be sitting on a wealth of gas. This could secure our future energy supplies and create jobs for local people.
What attracted us to this area’s geology?
- A British Geological Survey, historical research and actual data tell us that the coal beds and the shale formations below this area have the potential to hold very large amounts of gas.
- As far back as 1939 the first commercial onshore oilfield was established at Eakring Nottinghamshire
The gas lies within different types of rock – formed when sediments of rotting vegetable and animal matter were compressed to form hard rock. A combination of heat and pressure turned the sediments into gas – plus, of course, coal, which the area has a rich history of developing.
There are potentially extensive gas reserves associated with the coal and sediments beneath much of the Nottinghamshire coalfield. Our exploratory activities will tell us more about what, precisely, lies beneath the area and what potential it may have for commercial production.
Click here to see the North Nott’s update newsletter distributed in June 2016.
Click here to see the MWP announcement.