The site in Elswick is currently Cuadrilla’s only production well site and the vertical well was hydraulically fractured in the underlying natural gas bearing sandstone formation in 1993.
The natural gas produced from the well at Elswick has been used to generate 1MW of electricity on site continuously during its early life. Gas extracted from the sandstone formation was sent to a small onsite generator, and electricity generated fed into the electric grid via underground cables. Natural gas rates have been declining over the producing life and the well has now approached the end of its producing life.
Located off the main road into Elswick, the site is visually unobtrusive, with many people in the area unaware of its existence.