Further to my enquires to Igas regarding Kirby Misperton I had a few further questions, as follows:
Thank you for your swift response.
Please would you confirm if hydraulic fracturing is part of the exploratory process or part of the extraction process..
My intention of attending the Yorkshire Post debate was to find out about exclusion zones. Mark Hill (NYMNPA) explained that (as I understand it) each exploratory well is assessed by the British Geological Society when determining exclusion zones. I heard that Boulby Potash mine had applied for a 15 mile exclusion zone, hence my interest. Also there is the RAF Fylingdales American Defence base which is very sensitive to ground vibration in the NYMNPA
I did wonder if Igas had a policy on 'exclusion zones' and if you could point me to this.
I do accept that you have confirmed Igas have no licences in North Yorkshire area and have no connection with Viking Gas.
Though I understand a few operators have applied for licences in and around this area. I noticed that 'Frack Off' have suggested you are using Cuadrilla 'rigs' and that there logo appears to be also on the 'rig' at Kirby Misperton (Viking Gas). Hence the confusion with Igas and Viking Gas. Perhaps there is a simple explanation? Like a shortage of rigs? Please would you identify who supplies the 'rigs' ,(along with contact details) and if these rigs are shared by varying shale gas operators. Clearly this needs to be addressed because if the same 'rigs' appear here in North Yorkshire then there may be some confusion.
Also I understand that once the 'gas' has been released by an 'operator' then the gas does not 'rightly' belong to anyone until it is captured or put in a pipeline, is this true? This seems to contradicts the exploration to extraction process, so I was hoping for some technical detail such as what time frame is there from the fracturing or releasing of the gas to the capture of said gas? Is this instant, take a few hours, days, weeks or months even?
It would seem all the 'bother' Igas are getting will eventually set the 'Standards' for the shale gas industry in the UK, so yes it is very interesting what Igas have to say on the matter. John Blaymires did volunteer to answer questions so I hope you do not mind me asking for the 'facts'.
Thanks for your email.
Typically there are no exclusion zones although this is something that is determined at a case by case basis, by the relevant authorities including; The Environmental Agency, Planning Officers, The Department for Energy and Climate Change etc.
In terms of rig usage, operators typically tender to relevant rig contractors and award contracts based on various parameters including their safety record and technical ability.
In relation to your third point, gas is “captured” immediately. If during the exploration phase, gas is found and deemed viable then production commences. During the production phase, all gas is captured and delivered to the relevant customer via pipelines or the equivalent.
This is a link to a diagram I believe you may find useful (it outlines the stages of shale gas and oil): http://www.shale-world.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2014/04/stages-of-shakle-gas-and-oil-decc.jpg
Any more questions, please feel free to ask
IGas Energy Plc
Interestingly, this 'diagram' clearly shows that the 'community benefits' are provided per well-site where fracking takes place, is strangely placed under the column marked exploration.
So is fracking part of the exploration phase or not?
I just knew I was going to have a 'special' relationship with Igas. Still at least they are responding very swiftly and this confirms that the 'rig's are multi user.
Indeed as they are coming accross as quite cuddly, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbf4weFbuS8