In October 2009, IGas finalised the well design for its site at Keele University Science Park and the land agreements were in place. The company said that work started on the site as planned during December.
The well is expected to produce gas from a lateral in the Great Row seam, which is at a depth of 1,757 feet from surface and is around 11 feet thick at this location.
IGas expects to drill a well in Point of Ayr in mainland Wales later this year.
IGas estimates that it has contingent recoverable resources to supply electricity to approximately 7 per cent of all UK households for 15 years.