Biggest Ever Shale Gas Source Discovered In The UK

  • Date: 22/02/19
  • Daily Express

A UK-based energy firm has discovered what it describes as the highest ever levels of shale gas at a site in Nottinghamshire.

Energy giant Ineos said drill tests show readings in one area alone for enough shale gas to keep the whole country supplied for 29 years. The findings at the site in Tinker Lane near Barnby Moor are equivalent to a trillion dollars-worth of gas, significantly higher than at one of the biggest fracking locations in the US. Tom Pickering, chief operating officer of Ineos Shale, said the findings could be “significant” and “transformational for the UK economy”.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “It is still early days, but these are the first physical results we’ve had which correlate with the British Geological Survey work.

“It’s extremely significant and has enormous potential. All of the vital signs are starting to show themselves. It’s not so much of a surprise, more of a confirmation.

“These are the highest readings in the UK that we have ever seen and give a glimpse of the possibilities that UK shale can provide if given the chance.”

Geologists predict there could be 436 trillion cubic feet of gas in this part of the Bowland Basin.

Mr Pickering said the opportunity should be seized upon with “Brexit just around the corner” and a growing dependency on “expensive foreign gas”.

He added: “These are ‘US levels’ of gas and could be truly transformational for the UK economy, bringing untold jobs and investment to some of the countries most deprived areas.

“With Brexit just around the corner and the UK increasingly dependent on expensive foreign gas, now is the time for strong leadership to take advantage of a once in a generation opportunity to create an indigenous shale gas industry.

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