Drilling has commenced at Cuadrilla’s site in Balcombe this morning (Friday August 2).
The energy company has been held up after more than a week’s worth of protesting.
A spokesperson for Cuadrilla said the first stage of drilling a 3,000ft vertical well began mid-morning.
It follows testing of equipment earlier today.
Delivery of equipment was scuppered when protesters from as far away as Lancaster took to the site on Thursday July 25.