British shale gas exploration is slowly moving forward after shale operator IGas announced today that it has spudded its third shale well; at Ellesmere Port, in north-west England.
The well, which is a vertical exploration well, is the next to be drilled in a sequence designed to give IGas a suite of results from a number of wells distributed across the Company’s licensed areas in the North West.
The company announced that the programme is designed to validate the geological model and has already given IGas valuable data to evaluate the potential and begin to plan for future development.
The bulk of the current 2D seismic acquisition, in the North West, has been completed.
In a separate announcement last week, another UK shale operator Cuadrilla Resources moved closer to commencing exploration at a site in northwest England, after The Environment Agency announced that it “is minded to grant Cuadrilla the environmental permits needed to carry out their operations.”
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