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Energy firm announces fracking plans for Cheshire

Words: Laura Edgar
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Oil and gas exploration company IGas has submitted a scoping request to Cheshire West and Chester Council to begin preparing a planning application for a temporary well site on land in Elton.

A statement on the IGas website notes that the site is located on an existing IGas site covered by Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL) 190, off Grinsome Road.

Analysis of the 3D seismic data and existing well logs was undertaken, and given that the site is in an industrial area close to businesses that “use high volumes of gas”, the company chose to take this site forward.

“We want to further test the various rock formations, including shale, for detailed information and to establish the quantity and quality of natural gas within the rocks.”

IGas has proposed one new well that would first be drilled vertically and then horizontally. The company also wants to hydraulically fracture and flow test the target formation to assess the flow potential of the well.

As part of the planning process, IGas said it would undertake community consultation before submitting a full application and participate in a community liaison group alongside local parish councils.

John Blaymires, COO at IGas, said: “This area of Cheshire has a proud industrial heritage, with excellent utility infrastructure and transport networks in place. There are also a number of significant employers in the area whose businesses rely on gas, which is something that we could potentially supply in the future, directly from the area.

“Today, eight out of 10 homes use gas for heating, 61 per cent for cooking and up to 50 per cent of our electricity is derived from gas. It is clear that the UK needs a secure supply of gas as a bridging fuel until renewable sources can provide sufficient quantum and stability of energy for society’s needs. We are committed to meeting that need in a safe and environmentally responsible way and plan to keep local people abreast of our plans every step of the way.”

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