After receiving Government permission to frack in Lancashire last month, Cuadrilla has applied for a second consent in order to start the hydraulic fracture process at its second well at Preston New Road.
On Friday, Cuadrilla submitted an application to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to start fracking through its second horizontal shale gas exploration well.
All other relevant planning and permits required were already secured, prior to Cuadrilla beginning its work on test wells at the Lancashire site.
The first horizontal shale gas well was completed by Cuadrilla in April 2018 through the Lower Bowland shale rock, at approximately 2,300m below surface and extends laterally for some 800m. The second horizontal shale gas well was completed last month and was drilled through the Upper Bowland shale at an approximate depth of 2,100m below the surface, extending laterally for some 750m through the shale.
These are the first two horizontal shale exploration wells to be drilled onshore in the UK. Following hydraulic fracturing of these horizontal wells, Cuadrilla will run an initial flow test of the gas produced from both wells for approximately six months.
Cuadrilla expects to start hydraulic fracturing at Preston New Road within the next two months.