Lancashire fracking portal for businesses launched

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AN online portal for businesses to find out about opportunities in Lancashire’s shale gas industry has been launched.

Both Lancashire Chambers of Commerce have teamed up with Cuadrilla Resources to launch the online supply chain.

The portal will allow companies to register their interest in becoming a supplier to Cuadrilla, keep up to date with the latest developments with the exploration programme including future contracting opportunities, and find out how to meet the quality and safety standards required.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “Today’s announcement means that local chamber members will be in pole position for future shale gas supply chain opportunities in the County. We are doing this early to ensure we don’t miss the chance for local firms to prepare themselves and develop relationships with Cuadrilla and their key suppliers.

Mike Damms, chief executive of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce: “I call on my members to register today so they can get up to speed and make themselves and their capabilities known to Cuadrilla.”

Francis Egan, Chief Executive of Cuadrilla said: “The site will be a true engagement tool for local businesses, providing an effective communication platform for Cuadrilla and the potential local supply chain. We are calling for local businesses who want to find out more about future opportunities to register on the portal so we can find out about your capabilities. This information will then be shared with colleagues responsible for commissioning work for our exploration programme.”

• For more on this story see LEP Business Week.