Cuadrilla operated horizontal shale wells,to be plugged and abandoned in UK

Government orders “plugging and abandonment” of Britain’s shale wells in midst of energy crisis

The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) has ordered Britain’s only two horizontal shale wells, operated by Cuadrilla, to be plugged and abandoned.

Cuadrilla’s parent company AJ Lucas announced that Cuadrilla will permanently seal the two shale gas wells drilled at the Preston New Road (PNR) Lancashire shale exploration site, despite concerns about the impact this will have on energy supply.

It means the 37.6 trillion cubic metres located in the northern Bowland Shale gas formation will continue to sit unused – when just 10% of this volume could meet UK gas needs for 50 years. Instead, UK imports of Natural Gas are expected to skyrocket to over 80% by 2050.

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