Annex 2: Note of the visit to the Blackpool
In March 2011, we made a visit to Cuadrilla Resources
shale gas exploration sites near Poulton-le-Flyde close to Blackpool,
Lancashire. We met their senior site staff and were given a tour
of the drilling facilities. Cuadrilla were over-engineering the
well casing in order to reduce the possibility of the underground
water aquiferthrough which they drilledbecoming
contaminated by natural gas or hydraulic fracturing fluid. At
their Elswick site we saw a small power plant on top of gas well,
an example of a facility that negated the need for gas transmission
by producing electricity and transmitting that instead.
Wednesday 2 March 2011
Mr Tim Yeo (Chairman)
Albert Owen Christopher Pincher Dr
Meetings with Cuadrilla's Mark Miller, Chief Executive,
and Dennis Carlton, Executive Director.
Grange Hill 1, where exploratory drilling was underway.
Preese Hall 1, where drilling was complete and they
were preparing for their first exploratory hydraulic fracture.
Elswick 1, which was commissioned in 1996 and previously
owned by British Gas. The conventional gas reservoir underwent
hydraulic fracture stimulation in 1993, and has a small generator
on top that has been supplying electricity since 1998.