Third Energy submit plans to test frack Ryedale site

The existing brownfield site at Kirby Misperton.
The existing brownfield site at Kirby Misperton.

An energy company has submitted an application to extract gas by fracking from its site in Ryedale.

In a statement this morning, Third Energy revealed it has sent plans to North Yorkshire County Council to “hydraulically stimulate and test various geological formations at the existing well KM8 at Kirby Misperton.”

Operations director John Dewar said: “Submitting this application is an important milestone in the project to establish the potential to produce gas from the ‘Bowland’ strata beneath North Yorkshire.

“We know that the gas is present but it is only by actually hydraulically stimulating the rock that we can understand the potential of the gas to flow and the likely volumes that can be produced.

“We are proud of our 20 year history of safe and low key operations in North Yorkshire and this project is designed to continue in the same way.”

If the tests prove successful, Third Energy say they will be followed by the production of gas from one or more of the formations into its existing production facilities Knapton for the generation of electricity.

The potential of the KM8 site was identified during a drilling operation in 2013.

However, there is expected to be fierce opposition from Frack Free Ryedale which recently saw hundreds of people march through Malton against the plans by Third Energy.

Once the application has been validated by North Yorkshire County Council, the documents will be available on the planning section of the council website.