Cuadrilla to ask for more time at gas site

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Gas exploration company Cuadrilla is to ask for more time to measure gas in shale rock at a Lancashire site.

The company is to apply to Lancashire County Council for an extension to the current planning permission to allow time to carry out measurement of gas at Becconsall Well, at Banks, near Southport.

The well will not be hydraulically fractured. Following the pressure measurement programme, it is planned that the well will be sealed and the site returned to its former condition next year.

Andrew Quarles, Cuadrilla’s technical director, said: “A week’s work at the site is required, during which a small rig will install pressure gauges and isolate a section of the well for measurement.

“The rig will then be removed and the gauges will be left in place recording pressure for approximately 12 months. We then plan to seal and return the site to its former condition.”