Fracking firm looking to use ex-military personnel at Derbyshire site

Bramleymoor Lane at Marsh Lane
Bramleymoor Lane at Marsh Lane

A chemical firm wants to use ex-military personnel as part of its plans to carry out fracking across Derbyshire.

Industry giant Ineos has identified a number of sites across the county with a view to carrying out fracking tests - most notably in Marsh lane, near Eckington.

And now the firm is using logistics experts Arturius International Ltd to find up to eight employees who have backgrounds in the military.

A job advertisement states: “Arturius International Ltd are looking for 7-8 manual workers to form a team of seismic survey operatives working around the Chesterfield, Mansfield and Worksop areas on the laying of sensors/survey equipment in the ground across large areas of rural farmland.”

The job description adds that no experience is necessary as full training is given.

It also says that work will start on May 20 for a six-month period.

Candidates must be self-employed, sole traders or prepared to become self-employed.

Candidates would need to be willing to work 12 hours a day, Monday to Saturday. Wage rate is £90 a day.

A spokesman for Ineos said: “Arturius provide us with some support personnel for our seismic data acquisition programme and as a company are proud to provide work for ex-military personnel, but not exclusively.

“We anticipate starting our 250 square kilometre seismic programme in June. Ahead of that we have deployed small teams of surveyors across the survey area, each accompanied by an ecologist and an agricultural liaison officer, to walk the land.”

He added: “The purpose of this exercise is to make a record of the condition of the land to ensure it is restored appropriately once operations are finished and to identify any physical or environmental considerations and constraints.”