In 2013 the British Geological Survey (BGS) published its study on the geology and resource estimation of the Bowland Shale, which includes Lancashire. The BGS estimated that there is between 822 trillion cubic feet and 2,281 trillion cubic feet in the area. If even a fraction of this could be extracted at a commercial rate this would have a positive effect on the UK’s energy mix.

As an untapped energy resource, natural gas from shale has the potential to:

  • boost the UK’s gas production, generating tax revenue for the UK
  • reduce the UK’s dependency on vulnerable and expensive foreign energy sources

Cuadrilla submitted planning applications for two new shale gas exploration sites at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road earlier this summer, with a decision from Lancashire County Council expected in late January 2015

By unlocking the natural gas trapped in the shale rock deep underground we could have an energy source to heat Lancashire homes and businesses for many decades to come.

Local supply chain perspective:

As part of its procurement strategy Cuadrilla has partnered with the two Lancashire Chambers of Commerce (North & Western Lancashire and East Lancashire)to identify and support local businesses that want to become part of the supply chain. The Chambers are the first point of contact for local business and agencies wishing to engage in the project. This website forms the central resource for all Lancashire businesses who wish to make the most of the opportunities arising out of the development.

This website will enable your company to:

Register your interest in supplying the project by completing a short online form. Your capabilities will then be made available to Cuadrilla and interested Tier 1 contractors.

Update your company details as your company develops its capabilities and standards.

Keep abreast of the latest developments including build schedules and contracts out for tender.

Access a library of reference material and training documents.

Find information and contact details for business support partners that will help you meet the quality and safety standards required.

Engage with others on technical and business training events and information days designed by the Chamber and its partners to help local businesses.

Meet one-to-one with Tier1 contractors for the project through a series of Meet the Buyer events.

North and Western Lancashire Chamber and East Lancashire Chamber

The Lancashire Chambers of Commerce have been appointed as the first point of contact for Lancashire businesses wishing to engage in the project. it is the hub of business influence for Lancashire and is leading on a number of high profile countywide initiatives for business.