Cuadrilla submits an application to the UK’s DBEIS for consent to conduct hydraulic fracturing operations in its 2nd horizontal shale gas exploration well at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire.

Cuadrilla announced Friday that it has submitted an application to the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy for consent to conduct hydraulic fracturing operations in its second horizontal shale gas exploration well at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire.

The second horizontal well, drilled through the Upper Bowland shale at an approximate depth of 6,890 feet below the surface, extends laterally for 2,460 feet through the shale gas reservoir and was completed in mid-July.

Consent to conduct hydraulic fracturing operations in the first horizontal exploration well on the site was granted last month. The receipt of this consent was labelled a “momentous achievement” by Ken Cronin, chief executive of industry body UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG).

“At a time when the UK, and indeed the whole of Europe, is becoming ever more dependent on imported fuels it is very encouraging that we are taking steps to reverse the trend,” Cronin said in a UKOOG statement in July.

In figures released on July 25, Cuadrilla revealed that, up to that date, over $13 million (GBP 10 million) had been invested into the local Lancashire economy by Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas exploration operations.

Formed in the UK in 2007, Cuadrilla is a privately owned British exploration and production company focused on discovering and recovering natural resources, primarily natural gas, from shale rock. The company is headquartered in Bamber Bridge, Lancashire.





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