KEY fracking equipment - including the 'spread' - is leaving the site at Kirby Misperton.

Gas company Third Energy confirmed today that the equipment will be leaving the Habton Road site by lorry over the next few days.

A spokesperson for Third Energy said: “As announced on February 6, Third Energy has temporarily been releasing equipment from the KMA well site in Kirby Misperton.

"Following a request from our contractor, who wishes to deploy the equipment to two contracts in Europe, the frac spread will be leaving the site in the next few days.

"The North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire County Council have been informed of the upcoming vehicle movements and Third Energy will be working with them to ensure that these movements have minimal impact on local residents. 

"As with the other equipment that has been released from site, the frac spread will return to KMA when final consent has been received from the Secretary of State to carry out the programme of fracs."

The spread is an important array of equipment used for pumping and mixing as part of the fracking process.