Where are we on Fracking?

On Monday 15 October Cuadrilla, having weathered a last-minute legal appeal, finally started fracking operations in the shale basin below their Preston New Road site. Fracking involves injecting liquid underground at high pressure to force open fissures and allow access to oil and gas. Experts do not yet know whether fracking in the UK is [...]

By | 2018-10-18T17:43:46+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on Where are we on Fracking?

INEOS and fracking in Scotland

Amidst all the current excitement about possible imminent fracking by Cuadrilla, an interesting wrinkle in the legal position in Scotland has been exposed over the summer. In the first week of May 2018, INEOS applied for a judicial review of the apparent ban on fracking in Scotland announced by Ministers from the Scottish National Party [...]

By | 2018-09-02T12:06:30+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on INEOS and fracking in Scotland

Cuadrilla obtains consent to hydraulically fracture its first horizontal shale gas well

In spite of the government’s stated enthusiasm to exploit Britain’s shale gas potential the pace of development has been slow. In February Third Energy received permission to frack an existing vertical well in North Yorkshire but released the equipment in March pending a review of its financial resilience by the Oil & Gas Authority. IGas [...]

By | 2018-08-01T17:53:00+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on Cuadrilla obtains consent to hydraulically fracture its first horizontal shale gas well

Alkane Energy produces power from coal mine methane while playing a useful role in removing it

Alkane Energy describes itself as a “gas to power” company, with 40 employees managing a capacity of 160MW, the size of a small power station, and producing about 300GWh per year of electricity from gas at 31 sites mainly in the Midlands and Yorkshire. In spite of the dependence on gas, the company is keen [...]

By | 2018-06-19T09:21:50+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on Alkane Energy produces power from coal mine methane while playing a useful role in removing it

All the fuss about fracking prevents a proper discussion of the real issues surrounding shale gas

Fracking has become the object of intense opposition which has unfortunately deflected attention away from the real issues concerning the exploitation of shale gas in the UK. The main arguments against exploitation are, of course, that burning it emits CO2 and it is not renewable, but we know that gas will be needed for many [...]

By | 2018-05-02T17:23:30+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on All the fuss about fracking prevents a proper discussion of the real issues surrounding shale gas

What is the likely shape of the future market for gas in the UK?

There are purists who would like to believe that gas has no long-term future,  that it will serve only to help fuel the transition to a renewables future. Others believe that gas has a long term role as a fuel, cleaner than coal or oil, which can help us to meet our decarbonisation targets and [...]

By | 2018-03-20T10:17:31+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on What is the likely shape of the future market for gas in the UK?

Shale Oil: what it means and why it is better to refer to Tight Oil

The BP Statistical Review of World Energy for June 2017 states that “….there is no such thing as the behaviour of ‘US tight oil’; the Permian is very different to Eagle Ford which is different to Bakken. So beware of generalizations”. Note the use of the term “tight oil”. Outside the oil industry and in [...]

By | 2017-09-27T03:08:30+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on Shale Oil: what it means and why it is better to refer to Tight Oil

The cheapest way to cut CO2 emissions: CCS ?

The Committee on Climate Change and the Parliamentary Advisory Group on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) both released reports on CCS during the summer. They were spurred into action by the lack of any government plan following the cancellation last autumn of the CCS competition and the associated £1 billion budget. Although the two reports [...]

By | 2017-06-26T17:55:52+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|General, Oil & Gas|Comments Off on The cheapest way to cut CO2 emissions: CCS ?

Is that what bribery really means?

The opponents of fracking often claim that the British Government is “bribing” local communities to accept fracking in their area by promising them a share of the money paid to the government by the companies concerned. Bribery is a pretty emotive term and it seems to be used in ignorance of the substantial academic literature [...]

By | 2017-07-06T13:32:32+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on Is that what bribery really means?

What will we learn from Cuadrilla’s Lancashire shale gas project?

On 6 October the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, approved Cuadrilla’s application to explore for shale gas on the Preston New Road site, thereby overturning Lancashire County Council’s rejection. Javid is also minded to approve exploration on the Roseacre Road site providing Cuadrilla can satisfy him on highway safety issues. [...]

By | 2017-06-26T18:06:28+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on What will we learn from Cuadrilla’s Lancashire shale gas project?