Exploration & Production

Crunch time for the UK’s shale ambitions

Time is running out for Cuadrilla to meet its prediction of commercial shale gas flows in the UK Time is running out for Cuadrilla to meet its prediction of commercial shale gas flows in the UK.
By The Wildcat 5 January 2018 0 28967
Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall shale gas well in Lancashire. Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall shale gas well in Lancashire. (Cuadrilla)

A little over five years have passed since Ed Davey, the UK’s former energy secretary, lifted a country-wide ban on fracking. Analysts were quick to label the UK as Europe’s shale frontrunner, and major energy companies including Centrica, Total and Engie (as GDF Suez) promptly took up stakes in acreage across the country.

But development has been woefully slow since then, largely as a result of planning delays, legal challenges and public opposition. Of the companies that have entered the UK shale sector,...