Cuadrilla has efficiently accomplished drilling the UK’s second horizontal shale fuel properly at its exploration web site at Preston New Road in Lancashire. This second horizontal properly, drilled by the Upper Bowland shale at an approximate depth of two,100m beneath the floor, extends laterally for some 750 metres by the shale fuel reservoir. The first horizontal properly was accomplished by Cuadrilla in April by the Lower Bowland shale rock at roughly 2,300m beneath floor and extends laterally for some 800m. A vertical pilot properly was drilled final 12 months to a depth of over 2,700m by the Upper and Lower Bowland shales and the information gathered from this pilot properly knowledgeable the choices in finding these first two horizontal wells.
Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, stated:
“We are more than happy to have efficiently accomplished drilling the UK’s first two horizontal shale fuel wells, as we proceed to paved the way on UK shale exploration. Subject to hydraulic fracturing consent being granted by the Government we plan to fracture the shale rock round these wells over the approaching months and take a look at the move charges of pure fuel from the shale. Our goal is to display that pure fuel will move from the shale in commercially viable portions. In the method we look ahead to demonstrating that the UK’s enormous shale fuel assets may be safely produced and make a significant contribution to enhancing the UK’s power safety, while lowering our fuel import wants and offering financial and environmental profit.”
Cuadrilla will now begin to dismantle the drilling rig, in readiness for its return to mainland Europe, and that is anticipated to take just a few weeks. The web site crew will then begin to put together for the hydraulic fracturing section with a lot of the required tools already on web site.
Following hydraulic fracturing of the primary two horizontal wells Cuadrilla will run an preliminary move take a look at of each wells for about six months. (Source and picture: Cuadrilla)
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