At the Tinker lane Community Liaison Group (CLG) Meeting of 18thJuly IGas advised the following developments:
Tinker Lane: Following a final hobby survey that showed that there were no hobby present and that a ground nesting bird (previously identified) had finished nesting on site the restoration work has commenced. Image above taken on 18th July.
Samples of the aggregate hardstanding have shown that it is free of contamination and will be removed from site. The aggregate will be re-used locally to form a pad (in Gainsborough but not an IGas site). It was estimated that some 5,000 cubic metres of aggregate were laid initially and this will now be removed, movements starting next week, 22ndJuly 2019 (coinciding with start of school holidays in Blyth, on the designated route to the A1). There may be up to 60 HGV movements through Blyth (30 in and 30 out). Aggregate, previously compacted to form the pad, is already being peeled back exposing the Bentomat lining material, the aggregate being stockpiled ready for loading out.
Samples of drainage water from the subsurface tank have been taken and analysed. Analysis showed that the drainage water was free of contamination and has since been removed from site and disposed of. The subsurface tank itself, a large fibre glass vessel, has been lifted undamaged from the subsurface and will be removed from site and re-used by IGas elsewhere.
The water monitoring boreholes, which to date have shown no indication of surface water contamination, will remain on site and samples will be drawn from them until the Environment Agency (EA) give IGas permission to have them removed.
The borehole was filled with concrete from top to bottom before the drilling rig left site in December 2018. The conductor and steel tube have been cut back flush with what was the bottom of the cellar (3 metres below surface) The cellar has now been demolished, reinforcement bar separated from the concrete ready for removal from site.
Restoration work commenced on 8thJuly and it is anticipated that the works will take around 12 weeks to complete (weather permitting). The farmer and his land agent have had a look at the site and believe that as the land around the pad has been compacted it may be necessary to tine the land as part of restoration for adequate drainage. The farmer would like the field back in time to take a crop in October. The field will be monitored by IGas for 5 years.
Those Parish Councils that are interested in taking the concrete roadblocks, of which there are several types and sizes, should contact the IGas Asset Manager. The Parish Councils that have been part of the CLG will get priority. It is likely that once released at the end of the project that IGas will arrange the delivery.
It was agreed that the AGM that has been held during the life of the CLG would not be required for 2019 as it was likely that the next meeting of the CLG would be the last. That meeting would probably be in the first or second week of October on sign off from the landowner and NCC.
Springs Road: IGas have established a mains electrical supply on site and the existing generators will be removed.
Fencing removed from Tinker lane will be re-used at Springs Road.
The analysis of the core samples taken at Springs Road, undertaken in the UK and USA are nearly completed. As far as IGas are concerned all results to date look positive. It is likely that a “statement to market” will be made at the end of Q3 that will outline IGas intentions for Springs Road.