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Preston New Road

Our current operational shale gas exploration site is Preston New Road (PNR), which is in the parish of Westby-with-Plumptons, in the Fylde, Lancashire.  We were granted planning permission in October 2016 to develop PNR as a temporary exploration site with permission to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of natural gas from up to four horizontal wells at the site.  Site construction began in early 2017 and drilling began in mid 2017. In 2018, Cuadrilla completed drilling the UK’s first two horizontal shale gas wells. To learn more about horizontal drilling watch the short video here. Hydraulic fracturing of the shale rock adjacent to these two wells started in October.

In March 2019 we mobilised specialist equipment onto the shale gas exploration site in Preston New Road, near Blackpool, designed to get two existing wells ready for further hydraulic fracturing later in the year. The previous month we announced the results from the initial flow-testing of the UK’s first ever horizontal shale gas exploration well, drilled through the shale rock more than 7,500 feet beneath the Preston New Road exploration site in Lancashire, which confirms that there is a rich reservoir of recoverable high-quality natural gas present.

In July we confirmed that we would return to hydraulic fracturing and flow testing of natural gas at Preston New Road in the third quarter of 2019 and, subject to all required regulatory approvals, complete the work programme by the end of November.

Historical information can be found here and please check the Latest News tab below for more recent updates.

High Court Injunction

Cuadrilla, along with local farmers, was awarded on 11th July 2018 an injunction covering PNR until June 2020. The High Court Order can be viewed here 

All papers regarding the application to the High Court can be found here