Energy exploration group Cuadrilla expects to start fracturing Britain’s first horizontal shale well. The unlisted company said it was awaiting government approval to frac the first well at its Lancashire site in northern England before starting work in September. The company has finished drilling a second well at the site. Cuadrilla said it would run flow tests along the two wells, once fracked, for approximately 6 months and the wells would be connected to the local gas grid. The fracking will also help Cuadrilla to assess gas reserves in the Lancashire license. The British Geological Survey estimates the much broader Bowland Shale region across northern England to hold some 1,329 Tcf of gas, and other companies are vying to begin fracturing onshore in Britain.
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