Cuadrilla has received hydraulic fracturing consent from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for its second horizontal shale exploration well at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire.
This second horizontal shale gas well was completed in July 2018 and was drilled through the Upper Bowland shale at an approximate depth of 2,100m below the surface, extending laterally for some 750 metres through the shale.
Consent was granted for the first horizontal well in July this year. The well was completed in April 2018 through the Lower Bowland shale rock at approximately 2,300m below surface and extends laterally for some 800m.
These are the first two horizontal shale exploration wells to be drilled onshore in the UK. Following hydraulic fracturing of these first two horizontal wells Cuadrilla will run an initial flow test of the gas produced from both wells for approximately six months.
Cuadrilla CEO Francis Egan said: “We are delighted to receive this consent. We are currently completing works on site in readiness to start hydraulically fracturing both wells in the next few weeks. We are very proud to be the first operator in the UK to make significant headway in shale gas exploration.”