INEOS looks to be in a better position to achieve planning permission for its second identified site in Rotherham at Woodsetts.
The planning board at Rotherham Council recently confirmed its objections to INEOS’ plans for a test drilling well at its first site Harthill over highways and ecology issues. As it stands, these same issues are not considered by the authority as reasons for refusal for the second site at Woodsetts.
If approved, both applications would provide temporary permission for a maximum of five years and the operation would involve months of various site investigation surveys and site preparation before a period of drilling, coring and testing. A well would be drilled to approximately 2,800 m using a drill rig of maximum 60 m rig height followed by three months of testing.
The site would be restored after the activity has taken place and tests will be carried out on the suitability of the area for hydraulic fracturing.