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Cuadrilla completes UK's first shale gas horizontal well

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The shale gas revolution continues apace with Cuadrilla, a UK oil and gas exploration company, announcing that they had successfully completed drilling the UK’s first ever horizontal shale gas well at its exploration site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.
The first horizontal well has been drilled through the Lower Bowland shale at a depth of approx 2,700 metres below ground.
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This first horizontal well, which has been drilled through the Lower Bowland shale at a depth of approximately 2,700 metres below ground, extends laterally for some 800 metres through the shale gas reservoir. Cuadrilla stated that they now intend to begin work on drilling a second horizontal shale gas exploration well through the Upper Bowland shale.

Cuadrilla plans to apply, in the very near future, to the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the consent to fracture this first horizontal well.

To determine where best to drill these initial horizontal wells into the shale rock’s gas rich zones, Cuadrilla analysed core and other test data taken from the company’s vertical pilot well drilled through the Upper and Lower Bowland shale rock, along with data recovered and analysed from their three previous Lancashire shale exploration wells.
Cuadrilla plans to apply in the very near future for consent to fracture this first horizontal well.
(Image via Cuadrilla).

Commenting on completion of the horizontal well, Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said:

“Our completion of the UK’s first ever horizontal shale gas well is a major milestone towards getting Lancashire gas flowing into Lancashire homes as we lead the way on UK exploration. From the data we have amassed so far, we are optimistic that, after fracturing the shale rock, natural gas will flow into this horizontal well in commercially viable quantities demonstrating that the UK’s huge shale gas resources can be safely produced and contribute to improving the UK’s energy security.”

Following hydraulic fracturing of the first two horizontal wells in Q3 Cuadrilla will run an initial flow test of both wells for approximately six months with plans to then eventually connect those wells to the local gas grid network in 2019.

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