Latest News: 20th August, 2019
The UK’S leading onshore shale gas exploration operator Cuadrilla today dismissed claims diminishing the potential of the Bowland Shale and said: “Wait for our results!”
The operator, which resumed fracturing at the UK’s only operational shale exploration site in Preston New Road, Lancashire, last week, was responding to information published by Nottingham University today (Tuesday, August 19, 2019).
Chief Executive of Cuadrilla Francis Egan said: “Those involved in publishing this should be embarrassed. We hold more data and technical experience of the Bowland Shale than anyone else in the UK yet not once did anyone from this research group or Nottingham University contact us for our view or input.
“For the University to make the definitive claim in its press release that they have ‘determined the capacity of UK shale reserves’ strains credibility beyond breaking point. Cuadrilla is getting on with determining the capacity of UK shale reserves by the only means possible which is to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow rate of gas from real world wells drilled into the shale rock. Our early results are very encouraging.”
Cuadrilla resumed hydraulic fracturing at its second horizontal well at the shale exploration site in Preston New Road, Lancashire, in August. The first five stages of the programme have been successfully completed as designed, with no breaches of the intentionally conservative upper limits of the micro-seismic regulations.
In February, Cuadrilla announced results from flow-testing of the UK’s first ever horizontal shale gas exploration, which confirmed a high quality natural gas resource in the Bowland Shale, previously estimated at around 1,300 tcf by the British Geological Survey. The initial exploration programme also confirmed that the Bowland Shale formation fractures in a way that is typical of an excellent shale gas reservoir. A complex fracture network was generated in the shale and sand injected into the fractures stayed in place during flow back.
Francis added: “We’ll continue the current operational program to fracture the remaining stages of PNR2 well and then we’ll be flow-testing it. Then let’s make some statements about the reserve potential of the Bowland Shale!” Cuadrilla’s main issues with the findings of the report include: