The well site is situated in Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL) 300 on land adjacent to Bramleymoor Lane, located approximately 0.5 km to the southwest of Marsh Lane, Derbyshire. This location has been chosen because it is within an area of interest to us based on existing well and seismic data.
A full application has been submitted to Derbyshire County Council, details of which can be found in the information section below.
This vertical well has been designed to extract a “core” sample of the rock for laboratory analysis to identify the geological characteristics of the rock and its gas-producing properties. No fracking or flow testing of the well would be undertaken. The well will be retained for technical and safety reasons as a “listening well”, if a well elsewhere is hydraulically fractured, for a maximum period of five years. Following this the site will be restored back to agricultural use.
Site construction and rig assembly will take up to three months. Drilling will be a 24 hour a day operation for up to three months. Once drilling and coring operations have ceased well suspension and rig removal will take up to one month.
There will be periods when traffic activity is high such as site construction, rig and equipment deliveries and subsequent removal with fewer deliveries each day during drilling operations. All deliveries will be carefully planned and closely managed to minimise disruption to local residents.
Derbyshire County Council will now begin formal consultation on the application. We will continue to communicate with residents and provide clarification on the detail of the application as it goes through the planning process.
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