Deadline approaching for gas conference

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Time is running out to register for a major conference in Lancashire about the controversial shale gas industry.

Proponents of extraction claim gas from shale could create thousands of jobs directly and indirectly throughout the North West. Cuadrilla is this year applying to drill at two new sites in Lancashire, between Preston and Blackpool.

The North West Energy Task Force – whose objective is to maximise the economic benefits for the North West, local businesses and residents – is holding a conference on April 24 at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

Michael Fallon, joint Minister for Business and Enterprise and Minister of State for Energy, will be among those attending.

It is the first in a series of supplier engagement activities aimed at giving the energy industry
supply chain an opportunity to learn more about gas from Lancashire’s shale.

Prospective operators, including Cuadrilla Resources and Centrica Energy will attend the conference.

They will share their approach to procurement for exploration and production phases and offer an insight into the industry’s requirements.

This is an opportunity for
Lancashire businesses to say what they can contribute to the supply chain, and to learn where the future prospects lie.

Members of the North and Western Chamber of Commerce are asked to RSVP to Mark Whittle. Email by Friday April 4.

A full programme will be sent to all confirmed delegates in advance of the event, which begins at 9.30am.