LANCASHIRE SHALE GAS SUPPLY CHAIN PORTAL
In 2013 the British Geological Survey (BGS) published its study on the geology and resource estimation of the Bowland Shale, part of which lies within Lancashire. The BGS estimated that there is between 822 trillion cubic feet and 2,281 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Bowland Shale. The UK currently uses approximately 3 trillion cubic feet a year for all its gas needs, with 80% of UK householders and businesses relying on gas to heat their homes
Over the past decade, with the demise in gas production from the North Sea, Britain has moved from a net exporter of gas to a position where imports now make up around half of our gas demand. If even a fraction of the identified Bowland Shale gas could be safely and economically extracted, this would have a transforming effect on the UK’s energy mix.